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Celtic would boost their midfield depth by signing this 22-year-old Scottish ace currently playing in the Premier League

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Celtic should make a move to sign Scott McTominay on loan

According to a report from The Scottish Sun, Celtic are mulling the possibility of signing Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay on loan for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old Scotsman broke into the first-team for the 20-time English champions last season under then manager Jose Mourinho but has seen his stock fall in the ongoing campaign.

And with game time not forthcoming under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who took over Mourinho last month, there is a possibility that Manchester United will consider loaning the midfielder out. And Celtic are believed to be monitoring his situation keenly. (h/t The Scottish Sun)

McTominay has been with Manchester United since 2007. Having risen through the youth ranks at the club, the midfielder made his first-team debut coming on as a substitute against Arsenal in May 2017. The 22-year-old was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the fallout between Mourinho and United’s record signing Paul Pogba last season and went on to make 23 appearances for the Red Devils.

Following his breakthrough campaign, McTominay was named the Manager’s Player of the Year by Mourinho in Manchester United’s end of the season awards ceremony. But the midfielder found himself on the fringes of first-team action in the 2018-19 campaign under the Portuguese and started just three Premier League fixtures.

Under Solskjaer, he has featured for just one minute in the English top-flight but did start in the club’s FA Cup third-round tie against Reading earlier this month. And with the likes of Pogba, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Fred, Andreas Pereira all ahead of him in the pecking order, coupled with the emergence of teenager James Garner as an option, his first-team prospects look bleak.

Celtic have made a strong recovery after a dodgy start to the season. The Hoops have made it past the group stages of the UEFA Europa League and have already added another trophy to their cabinet, lifting the Scottish League Cup.

Injuries have plagued Brendan Rodgers’ side throughout the first half of the campaign, exposing the lack of depth in certain areas in their squad.

While the Hoops have taken steps towards addressing that by recruiting Timothy Weah (on loan from PSG), Oliver Burke (on loan from West Bromwich Albion) and Vakoun Issouf Bayo (permanent transfer from DAC Dunajska Streda), another addition in defence and in the middle of the park wouldn’t go amiss.

Captain Scott Brown has had to face injury issues, while summer signing Youssouf Mulumbu has failed to make the desired impact. Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham are excellent options to have in the ranks. But amid reports that Nir Bitton and Eboue Kouassi could be allowed to leave this month (h/t Daily Record), Celtic could find themselves short on numbers.

McTominay might not be the classiest of the midfielders going around but the 22-year-old has displayed that he has the right attitude and discipline to grow into a solid option in the middle of the park. His performance in Manchester United’s win over Chelsea last season and the fact that he started high-profile matches in the UEFA Champions League under Mourinho indicate that the Scotsman can be a reliable performer in big games.

The midfielder has looked short on confidence this term, but a regular run of games and backing from the manager could be the key to turning his fortunes around. And Rodgers has shown previously that he can get the best out of promising young players.

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Moreover, with his chances of first-team football unlikely to improve at Old Trafford anytime soon, Celtic might well get the chance to sign him on a permanent deal in the summer or extend the loan spell for another year. Might well be worth the punt for the Scottish champions.

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Celtic appointing this 43-year-old tactician to replace Rodgers should be an absolute no-brainer – Agreed?

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Celtic Opinion: Graham Potter shortlisted by the Hoops- a wise move?

According to Wales Online, Swansea City manager Graham Potter has emerged as a shock candidate to take over the job at Celtic on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

The Scottish Sun reports that the 43-year-old has his name amongst the long list of potential candidates drawn up by Celtic, as the hierarchy aims to find a long-term successor to the throne of Brendan Rodgers, who left for Leicester City last month.

The same report claims that interim manager and club legend Neil Lennon is in pole position to land the job on a permanent basis but Celtic are keeping their options open to make sure that they appoint the right person.

Lennon spent seven years as a player at Parkhead before enjoying a four-year stint as the manager from 2010-14.

It would be of little surprise if Celtic do appoint Lennon as the permanent manager as he has done pretty well since taking charge on a temporary basis following Rodgers’ departure and has ensured that the Bhoys cruise to the domestic title.

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However, Celtic’s interest in Graham Potter should please the fans at Parkhead as it is a clear indication that the club are seeking a long-term replacement.

Potter has impressed since taking charge of Swansea City last summer following their relegation from the Premier League, working with a tight budget and guiding the club to 13th in the Championship in his first season as a manager in English football.

Swansea haven’t been able to mount a significant challenge for immediate promotion back to the Premier League but few would argue that Potter has been instrumental in transforming their fortunes as a part of a long-term project.

It has been quite apparent from Swansea’s style of play and their approach in the transfer market that want to get back to the Premier League but they want to carve out an identity for themselves as well.

The Swans, under Potter, have looked impressive at times and have earned plaudits for their possession-based attractive football, which involves building the play from the back.

To add to that, Potter has done a tremendous job in bringing up young talents like Daniel James and Conor Roberts at Swansea, which is another thing that Celtic must consider.

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Potter earned rave reviews for his tactical intelligence and flexible approach back in his earlier managerial days at Ostersund in Sweden, helping the club secure promotion from the second tier and eventually make a name for themselves in the top flight.

It was under his stewardship that Ostersund made it to the Europa League group stages for the first time in their history and his stocks rose even higher when the club beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates in the Round of 32 of the 2017-18 Europa League.

Regarded as a modern-day manager who believes in a dynamic approach to the game, Potter not only brings in new ideas but he knows to how implement them as well.

Known for his flexibility, the 43-year-old is never afraid to experiment with his team dynamics and often tends to play different systems over the course of the ninety minutes to keep the opposition on their toes.

Moreover, his free-flowing possession-based attractive football is sure to endear him to the hearts of the fans at Parkhead.

Despite Celtic’s interest in Potter, it would be foolish for Swansea to let him go and it remains to be seen whether he throws away the chance to climb up the ladder as a manager in English football.

However, managing a team with European ambitions should appeal to the 43-year-old and a move to Celtic would offer him a better chance of making a big reputation for himself in Europe.

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That said, Graham Potter would be an ideal choice if Celtic are indeed planning for the long-term. They have stamped their authority in the domestic league in recent years but Potter’s intelligence and acumen might help them make an impression in the European competitions as well.

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Everton should revive interest in this 28-year-old defensive ace who would be a free agent in the summer

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Everton Opinion: Why the Toffees should snap up free agent Dedryck Boyata

According to a report from the Daily Record, Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata revealed last year that in his early 20s he was wanted by Everton, and that he now regrets rejecting the club’s approach.

After failing to make the grade at Manchester City, where he came through the youth ranks, the Belgian defender joined Celtic in 2015. The 28-year-old has been a solid performer over the last couple of years for the Hoops, helping the club to the double treble last season under former manager Brendan Rodgers.

But Dedryck Boyata wanted to leave Celtic in the summer, however, Celtic remained reluctant in selling him and also rejected a £9m bid from Fulham. As things stand, he is out of contract this summer, and looks set to leave the club having shown no desire to sign a new contract at Parkhead.

Having picked up a hamstring injury against Rangers last weekend, Boyata’s season – and his time with Celtic – may well be over. That being said, should Everton reignite their interest in the Belgian defender?

Without a shadow of doubt, yes! Everton haven’t been utterly convincing defensively this season, despite Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma forming a strong partnership at the back. They have conceded 42 goals in 32 games, which is poor considering the Merseyside outfit are challenging for a place in Europe.

Also, Everton are very likely to witness a couple of departures at the end of the season. Phil Jagielka is out of contract in the summer and is likely to leave, whereas Zouma will return back to his parent club Chelsea. Yerry Mina needs some time to adapt fully to the Premier League, which leaves Silva with only one recognised central defender in Michael Keane.

That’s enough to suggest why the Toffees need defensive reinforcements ahead of the 2019/20 campaign and Silva should snap up Boyata on a free transfer.

Boyata did fail to make at Manchester City but he has gained volumes of experience in the Scottish Premiership and now is in the prime of his career. He is physically strong, robust and aerially adept in winning aerial duels. The 28-year-old is comfortable with the ball at his feet and can launch attacks from the back, something which Silva wants from his defenders.

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The Belgian international is a bit reckless when it comes to tackling but generally doesn’t dives into challenges. Due to his frame and strength, he is also a threat from set-pieces.

Verdict

All in all, Boyata is a quality defender, who, in all probability, would enhance the standard of Everton defending. With Zouma set to return back Chelsea, he could be the ideal partner for Keane. And on a free transfer, the ex-Manchester City starlet’s signing would represent a massive coup for Silva and company.

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Celtic should go all out and revive their pursuit of this 26-year-old defensive ace to shore up backline options

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Celtic FC Opinion: Why the Hoops should make a move for Liam Moore?

Back in November, a report from the Scottish Sun claimed Celtic were interested in signing Reading defender Liam Moore when Brendan Rodgers was in charge of the club.

Liam Moore, 26, has been one of the consistent defenders in the Championship for the last couple of seasons. He has also enjoyed a good season in England’s second-tier, although Reading are fighting against relegation at the moment.

Relegation to the League One would certainly see Liam Moore leave Reading at the end of the season. Even if the club avoids the drop, the defender should look for joining a better and bigger club as he enters the prime years of his career.

Celtic should reignite their interest in signing Moore, who will find it very difficult to turn down the lure of playing for the Scottish champions.

The Hoops are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements, with Dedryck Boyata’s contract coming to an end in summer and Filip Benkovic set to return to his parent club Leicester City. Boyata has been a top defender for the Hoops and his departure would be a big blow, so the manager ahead of next season should surely bring in at one new centre-back.

Liam Moore would be a brilliant fit at Parkhead, whilst being Boyata’s like-for-like replacement. The 26-year-old has been a really solid performer for Reading since joining from Leicester in 2016. The former England U21 international is primarily a centre-back but he’s also adept at playing as a right-back and wing-back.

Not only will Moore add some much-needed depth in the defensive department but also bring quality to Celtic’s backline. A ball-playing, composed and aggressive defender with top tackling and game-reading skills, the 26-year-old possesses the ability to lead the charge from the back.

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The former Leicester City man is disciplined, rarely allows space in behind and is quick to cut out passes. With his aerial ability and decent turn of pace, the 26-year-old could indeed work wonders at Celtic. In fact, he has all the needed qualities to thrive in the physical demanding Scottish Premiership.

Verdict

At 26, Moore will be entering the peak years of his career. He could indeed make a massive difference for Celtic, who haven’t been convincing at the back throughout this campaign. Thus, the Hoops must pull out all the stops and make an attempt to sign Moore from Reading in the summer.

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