Swansea City manager Graham Potter has reportedly emerged as a potential candidate to take over as Celtic boss, with Neil Lennon still only employed as an interim manager – and a Swansea star would be his ideal first signing.
The Scottish Sun claim 43-year-old Potter has emerged as a surprise new contender to replace Brendan Rodgers permanently. Big names such as Roberto Martinez and Andre Villas-Boas have also been linked.
It is not just the manager’s role that needs an overhaul in the summer. The playing squad needs dramatic changes, given that many first-team stars are expected to leave this summer with contracts expiring.
Scott Sinclair, Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig are all in the final few months of their contract. Filip Benkovic, Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke are all on loan, but expected to return to their parent clubs this summer.
That is already six first-team players expected to leave. Three of which play out wide in Weah, Burke and Sinclair. So a new winger is absolutely crucial this summer.
If Potter does become the new Celtic manager, he should consider raiding Swansea for £10million-rated winger Daniel James. The Wales international almost joined Leeds for the £10million fee in January (TeamTalk).
Since that failed move, James has been on fire. In his last four appearances for Swansea, he has scored two goals and created two assists. The Wales international boasts explosive pace, and it not dissimilar from James Forrest.
Premier League clubs have been linked, including Manchester City and Southampton. But the chance to become a regular at Celtic and play in the Champions League would be a huge opportunity – especially under Potter.