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5 players Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should sign in the summer

Monday 2nd April 2018

Celtic are heading for their 49th Scottish league title. The Hoops will be busy in the summer, looking for further reinforcements to help them reach the half-century at the first opportunity. Putting on a better show in the Champions League would also be pleasant. Brendan Rodgers should be plotting transfers already. The Northern Irishman never listens to me but here are five players he should sign.

John McGinn, Hibernian

Born in Glasgow, McGinn's grandad Jack is a former Celtic chairman. The grandson has been impressive for Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League. The Bhoys tend to be no different than Bayern or Juventus in raiding rivals. They should snap him up. 

The 23-year-old would add further options to Brendan Rodgers’ midfield and be a popular signing amongst fans. He began his career at St. Mirren, playing 98 times for them before signing for Hibs in 2015. McGinn was critical to Hibs promotion push from the Scottish Championship last season. This season he has contributed six goals and a half-dozen helpers in 37 appearances. He tends to get frequently booked, with 15 to date. Who doesn't in the SPL?

James McClean, West Brom

McClean is a Celtic fan who could leave West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season. The Baggies are set for relegation to the Championship, leaving his future in doubt. The 28-year-old winger is a Republic of Ireland international with 57 caps to his name. He is an experienced footballer who had spells at Derry City, Sunderland, and Wigan Athletic before Albion.

Joe Lewis, Aberdeen

The 30-year-old goalkeeper has impressed for Aberdeen since he joined in 2016. Among the best shot-stoppers in the division, he may be a difficult catch. Celtic currently have Scott Bain on loan from Dundee, providing cover for Craig Gordon.  They haven't committed to him permanently. Lewis would provide competition for the number one jersey. The question is whether he's interested in the fight or content to be the Dons' main man?

Liam Moore, Reading

Moore was pivotal in Reading’s journey to the Championship Play-Off final last season under Jaap Stam. Unfortunately, neither he nor the manager lived up to that form in 2017/18. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old centre-back would be a huge signing for Celtic and should be targeted by Brendan Rodgers. The former Leicester City defender is perfect for Celtic's style. He likes to play it out from the back and is extremely comfortable on the ball.

Andy Yiadom, Barnsley

I mentioned the Ghanaian defender in a recent piece on Championship free agents. He would be a top signing for Celtic. He can play either fullback role. His versatility would be useful. He has been impressive enough at League Two Barnsley to attract interest from both Huddersfield and Swansea. His contract at Oakwell expires this season. Celtic should act before competition drives up the price. Playing in Europe ought to turn Yiadom’s head, not to mention the chance at trophies and appearances in the historic Old Firm Derby. Most of all, his penchant for joining the attack would make Rodgers the perfect manager for the 26-year-old.

Harry Mail

A big Hull City fan from Manchester. Keep an eye on leagues across Europe, the MLS and non-league in England.

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