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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

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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