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Tottenham should beat Premier League rivals to sign this £15m-rated Celtic powerhouse in the summer – Here is why the move would be a masterstroke

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Why Tottenham should beat Leicester City to sign Callum McGregor?

According to a report from the Metro, new Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in signing Celtic star Callum McGregor in the summer.

Callum McGregor, 25, has played a key role for Celtic this season with six goals and 10 assists across all competitions. The Scotsman, who signed a new five-year deal at the Parkhead in December, is valued at £15m, adds the report.

That said, Tottenham Hotspur should rival Leicester City in the summer for McGregor’s signature.

Tottenham progressed to the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2011 after sealing a comprehensive 4-0 aggregate victory over Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund with their 1-0 win at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday.

The victory and qualification to the Champions League next round was a much-needed one for Mauricio Pochettino after his team endured a torrid last couple of weeks. Defeats at Burnley and Chelsea all but extinguished Tottenham’s title hopes for another season and although they bagged a very good point in the north London derby, the truth is the squad isn’t quite ready to mount a significant title challenge.

Credit to Pochettino for challenging Manchester City and Liverpool for the title until the last month but after failing to invest a single penny in the past two transfer windows, it’s high time Spurs show their ambition this summer.

A central midfielder should be made a priority following Moussa Dembele’s sale to China in January. A player with box-to-box movements and capable of dictating the tempo of the game is the necessity at Spurs and Pochettino would be wise to make a move for Callum McGregor.

The 25-year-old has impressed with his creativity, immaculate passing, tireless running and goalscoring ability in what has been another wonderful season for the Hoops. McGregor has been an absolute livewire in the midfield and in the final third, dictating the rhythm of the game with his passing range, movement and link-up play.

McGregor, a versatile player, can operate in central midfield, left and right wing, as a no.10 or even at left-back. The Scottish international is quick, agile and possesses the burst of pace which helps him change directions quickly and beat his marker. He is a very clever midfielder who knows to exploit little spaces between two defenders with his creativity and vision.

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Tottenham have floundered in the crucial stages of the season for the last few years. Hence, it is now time for Pochettino to take the next big step and start winning trophies in north London. He has already built a solid squad but there are a few areas which still need strengthening to achieve the club’s long-term objectives.

And signing a versatile, classy midfielder like McGregor will be a step in the right direction. That said, Spurs should go all out to sign the Scotsman from Celtic.

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Celtic would bag a massive coup by targeting any of these two defenders – including this talented 21-year-old Frenchman

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Celtic FC Opinion: Two defenders the Hoops should target this summer?

Celtic are inching closer towards their eight successive Scottish Premiership title despite Brendan Rodgers leaving the fans stunned by joining Leicester City last month.

Neil Lennon has taken the reins of the club on an interim basis until the end of the campaign. The Hoops are enjoying a ten-point lead at the top of the table and if Lennon successfully manages to guide the club to the inevitable, he could certainly get the permanent keys of the club, once again.

Should Lennon get the job, he must look to build the team for the future and address some key areas of the squad in the summer transfer window. One of the important areas is the defence, which has failed to inspire this season.

Dedryck Boyata, arguably Celtic’s best defender, will certainly leave the club once his contract expires in the summer, while Filip Benkovic will return back to Leicester City at the end of the campaign.

That’ll leave the Hoops with Jozo Simunovic, Jack Hendry and Kristoffer Ajer—none of have been consistent and reliable at the back.

Hence, it’s crucial Celtic makes defensive reinforcements to compete for the title as well as make a mark in the Champions League. That said, here we look at the two central defenders the Glasgow giants should target in the summer.

1. Samir Memisevic (Groningen)

Samir Memisevic is enjoying an excellent season with Groningen, having been a regular fixture at the Dutch club’s backline. He has made 25 appearances in the Eredivisie, scoring three goals.

Strong in the air and powerful in the tackle, the Bosnian is a no-nonsense defender who’ll bring some much-needed feistiness and leadership qualities to the Celtic backline.

Memisevic likes to play it out from the back and is extremely comfortable on the ball, making him a perfect fit for Lennon’s Hoops.

2. Jean-Kevin Duverne (Lens)

Jean-Kevin Duverne earned rave reviews for his performances with Ligue 2 side RC Lens last season. But he ruptured ligament in his left knee in May last year and was out of action for close to nine months.

The Frenchman, 21, made his return on February and has played seven Ligue 2 games thus far. Duverne will take some time before he gets to his best and starts attracting attention from Europe’s elites.

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But before that happens, Celtic should quickly snap him up this summer. He fits the profile at the Parkhead; young, matured and talented with a sky-high potential.

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Celtic would go a long way in solving their defensive conundrum by reviving interest in this powerful 22-year-old wall

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Celtic Opinion: Hoops should reignite their interest in Scott McKenna

Back in January, a report from Belfast Live claimed that Celtic were set to reignite their interest in Aberdeen centre-back Scott Mckenna. However, a move to Parkhead failed to materialize for him and the youngster continued to impress at his current club.

McKenna has been a regular for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership this season, making 22 appearances and helping his team achieve a wonderful defensive record. Aberdeen has conceded only 34 goals from 30 games, a feat that has only been bettered by four other sides in the division.

A youth product of Aberdeen, McKenna made his senior professional debut for his boyhood club in 2016 and spent time on loan at Ayr United and Alloa Athletic.

He gradually earned a significant role at his present club after his impressive performances on his loan spells and the 22-year-old has gone on to establish himself as a rock at the back for Aberdeen.

The Scottish international has made a total of 68 appearances for Aberdeen across all competitions, scoring on four occasions.

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Standing at 6ft. 3 inches with a towering amd well-built frame, Scott Mckenna is a physically dominating centre-half with good aerial ability.

Capable of outmuscling his offensive counterparts with his strength, McKenna is also very quick across the ground which helps him deal with fast and agile attackers as well.

The Scotsman possesses good game-reading ability- often staying on his feet to anticipate the opposition’s moves and cutting out attacks with interceptions, whilst also showing the commitment to throw his body on the line to block goal-bound shots.

Mckenna has also improved his passing significantly and has developed into a ball-playing centre-back, which should interest Celtic all the more.

To put things into perspective, Celtic might do themselves a world of good by reigniting their interest in the towering Aberdeen defensive wall. The fact that he is a home-grown talent should make the move all the more exciting for the Celtic fans.

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The Hoops are well on their way to getting their hands on the Scottish Premiership title once again, with Neil Lennon’s side 8 points clear of Rangers at the top.

Former manager Brendan Rodgers signed the likes of Vakoun Issouf Bayo, Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah to bolster his squad in January but Celtic need to sort out a few key issues at the back at the end of the season.

Dedryck Boyata is out of contract while Filip Benkovic is set to return Leicester City in the summer, which would leave a massive void at the heart of Celtic’s defence. Quite clearly, Lennon will need into the transfer window for a new centre-back and McKenna definitely fits the bill.

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The Scotsman is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the country and there is no reason why he cannot develop into a top-class player at Parkhead.

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Celtic beating Scottish rivals to sign this 32-year-old powerhouse would be ideal at shoring up the club’s midfield

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Celtic FC Opinion: Why the Rams should snap up Craig Bryson from Derby?

According to a report from the Scottish Sun, Derby County midfielder Craig Bryson has emerged as a target for Scottish Premiership side Hearts when his contract expires in the summer.

The 32-year-old, who has admitted there have been no talks with the club to extend his spell at Pride Park, is also a target for his old club Kilmarnock.

Craig Bryson has been one of the most consistent performers for Derby County since joining from Kilmarnock in 2011. With no offer for contract extension as of yet, the veteran midfielder will be keen to head back to Scotland and finish his career when his contract does expire at Pride Park.

That said, Celtic should beat the likes of Hearts and Kilmarnock for Bryson’s signature this summer.

Celtic are inching closer towards their eighth successive Scottish Premiership title despite Brendan Rodgers leaving Parkhead last month for Leicester City.

Neil Lennon has been appointed as an interim manager until the end of the season and if does well in the auditioning period, the job could be his on a permanent basis.

Whatever is the case, with or without Lennon, the Hoops will need reinforcements in the summer, considering that Rangers will spend once again after potentially missing out on the title.

To keep up with the high standards and also to compete in the Champions League, a couple of quality additions would do well for Celtic.

Craig Bryson could be an inspired signing for Celtic. The 32-year-old is a box-to-box midfielder but is known for his ability to score goals from midfield.

An energetic, tenacious and lively customer, he can pick a pass and at the same time keep things simple in midfield as per the game’s requirement. His energy remains unmatched and the Scotsman’s work-rate coupled with his ability to get into goal-scoring positions make him an asset for any team he plays.

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The former Scotland international has been superb for the Rams ever since moving to the Championship club and will be a solid signing for Celtic if they can snap him up in the summer.

Verdict

A move to Celtic could also tempt Bryson as he’ll be able to play for the best team in Scotland as well as a chance in the Champions League. On a free transfer, the experienced midfielder’s signing is a no-brainer for the Glasgow giants.

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