Celtic: 3 players who could replace Tom Rogic at Parkhead

Tom Rogic has decided to part ways with Celtic, after almost a decade-long run at Parkhead. His departure indeed came as a shock, but he has left an incredible legacy behind him at the club. Signed by the Hoops back in 2013, the Australian has been involved in some of the biggest moments in their history.

In the nine years in Glasgow, the 29-year-old has earned numerous accolades, in what was a trophy-laden time for Celtic.

An outstanding player for Celtic over the years, Rogic will leave not only good memories for the supporters to cherish but also big boots for the club to fill in the midfield department.

During his time at Celtic, according to stats from Transfermarkt, Rogic made 272 appearances for the club, scoring 46 goals and providing 49 assists across all competitions. Now, the difficult part for the Hoops will be to find someone to replace him on the pitch.

Three players who could replace Tom Rogic at Celtic

Here are three players who could replace Rogic in the Celtic squad, as the club clearly have some very big boots to fill:

Luca Connell

Luca Connell, Celtic. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

One of Celtic’s own, Luca Connell is an interesting name to kick start the proceedings. Born in Liverpool, he joined the academy of Bolton Wanderers at the age of nine. Thanks to the rapid development that he was enjoying, the youngster was promoted to their under-23s side for the 2018/19 season.

And from there, he made his senior debut for Bolton Wanderers against Walsall in the FA Cup in January of 2019. Soon enough, Celtic came knocking for his signature.

Subsequently, Connell put pen to paper on a four-year deal with Celtic, following a transfer that is believed to have involved a fee around £350,000.

Fast forward three years and Connell spent the season on loan at Queen’s Park in the League One of Scottish football. He has had a decent campaign as well. Now at 21 years of age though, it might be time for him to take the next step.

Despite playing in various positions across the midfield, he has never made a single appearance for Celtic. Could that change next season?

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International star’s agent confirms Celtic are interested

Celtic’s defence has improved a lot this season. It had been viewed as a major weakness last time around but following the permanent arrivals of Carl Starfelt and Josip Juranovic, and the loan signing of Cameron Carter-Vickers from Tottenham Hotspur, things have certainly looked much better for the Hoops at the back. There could still be some need for tweaking there in the summer though.

Christopher Jullien could very well be on his way out of the club after struggling to get minutes under the management of Ange Postecoglou. He made his return from long-term injury earlier this season, after not making a single appearance for Celtic in over a year. He has only been on the pitch once for the senior team since then though.

On the other hand, Stephen Welsh does not look ready to be a regular starter yet. Thus, it would not be a surprise if the Hoops looked to bring in another defender this summer.

Kenyan international and KAA Gent star, Joseph Okumu’s agent has confirmed that there has been informal interest from Celtic in the defender. As reported by People Daily (via Football Scotland), he said:

“We have had informal interest from English side Arsenal and Scottish giants Celtic, but German side Borussia Dortmund is the first side to make an official inquiry about the central defender who is open to a move if a proper agreement is reached.”

Celtic are interested in the Kenyan international star also wanted by Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund

Judging by the clubs apparently interested in Okumu, he seems like quite the defender and as a result, if Celtic were able to sign him, it would be considered as a major coup on their part.

They are yet to make an official inquiry about the player though and as a result, it will be interesting to see if they move forward for Okumu.

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Wayne Rooney’s past comments about Celtic target emerge

Celtic are expected to strengthen their squad in a few positions this summer, with one of them being the wings. Mikey Johnston and Karamoko Dembele could both potentially be on their way out of Parkhead soon. On the other hand, while James Forrest was handed a new deal recently, his form and fitness have been questionable at best over the past couple of seasons.

Thus, do not be surprised to see the club try to make an addition on the flank this summer and they appear to have the Derby County captain in their sights.

Celtic are one of the sides rumoured to be keeping tabs on the situation of Tom Lawrence. His current deal with the club runs out in the summer and with them being relegated to League One, he looks set to be on his way out.

Amidst all this, Wayne Rooney’s past comments about Lawrence have emerged. As reported by 67 Hail Hail, speaking earlier in the season, the Manchester United legend told Derby County:

“Tom has been excellent and he really has led by example on the pitch.

“I know some people may have looked at the decision I made in the summer, when I made him captain, and thought it was a bit controversial – but I knew it was in Tom.

“I have known him for a long time, since he was a young lad at Manchester United, and I know how to get the best out of him.

“I think we are seeing his quality from an attacking point of view, but what sometimes goes unnoticed is the work rate and effort he is putting in during every game.”

Rooney’s past comments about Celtic transfer target have emerged

Rooney has done a commendable job as the manager of Derby County but failed to keep them up in the Championship.

Lawrence is someone that he has known for years now, as he came through the youth ranks at Manchester United but did not manage to make a mark on the first-team picture at Old Trafford.

Lawrence has been excellent in recent times for Derby County though and has also represented the Wales national team. Thus, if Celtic are able to sign someone like him on a free transfer, it would potentially be an excellent move on their part.

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Celtic tipped to sign Manchester City left-back on loan

Celtic no longer need a squad rebuild like they did last summer but there are still a few positions in this team that could do with some strengthening. One of them is left-back. It has been an area of weakness for the Hoops ever since Kieran Tierney departed in a Scottish record £25 million transfer move to Arsenal in the summer of 2019.

Since then, the club have tried to fill in the void with a number of players but nobody has quite been able to make the left-back spot their own on a long-term basis. Greg Taylor has shown a lot of improvement recently, but it does feel like Ange Postecoglou will want to have another option there next season.

They have been heavily linked with Hammarby’s Mohanad Jeahze in recent weeks. But now, they have been told to keep an eye out for a young Manchester City left-back as well.

The player in question is Josh Wilson-Esbrand, who is a 19-year-old left-back, who has made just one appearance for the Manchester City senior team till now but has impressed at the youth level. Celtic have been tipped to sign him on loan. A report from the Express read:

Left-back is set to be a high priority for Celtic this summer, and Wilson-Esbrand could be the perfect candidate to step in.

Should Celtic sign the Manchester City left-back on loan in the summer?

It would be a bit of a gamble on the part of Celtic, if they end up signing Wilson-Esbrand on loan from Manchester City, hoping that he will be a first-team starter for the Hoops next season.

Of course, something similar has happened very recently, when they signed Jeremie Frimpong on a permanent basis from Manchester City as a teenager and he was soon playing regular first-team football for Celtic. Since they, he has left the club to join Bayer Leverkusen in a big move and established himself as one of the most exciting young talents in the Bundesliga as well.

Celtic and Manchester City have enjoyed a great relationship over the years in the transfer market and now, there is the Mark Lawwell connection as well.

If the club are looking for a player who can come straight into the starting XI, Jeahze would be the better option but they cannot completely overlook someone with the talents of Wilson-Esbrand either.

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Celtic and Rangers battle to sign Championship captain

Both Celtic and the Rangers are expected to be looking to strengthen their squads in the upcoming summer transfer window. On one hand, the Hoops have the Scottish Premiership title to defend as well as a place in the Champions League group stage booked. On the other hand, their Ibrox rivals must be looking to win back the title next season and make their way into Europe’s elite competition through qualification.

It is not rare for both sides to compete for the same players in the transfer market and this time around, it looks like they once again have their eyes on the same player.

As reported by TEAMtalk, Celtic and Rangers are both interested in Derby County captain, Tom Lawrence. But there is heavy interest in the Welsh international as he is also wanted by the likes of Southampton, Leeds United, Bournemouth and Fulham as well as Watford, West Brom and Nottingham Forest.

Lawrence has been a standout player in Derby County’s team, even captaining them, but with the Rams relegated this season and his current deal running out in the summer, he is expected to head out of the club.

Celtic and Rangers look set to battle for Championship captain

It remains to be seen how things play out but it must be said that someone like Lawrence could be a solid signing for Celtic.

At 28 years of age, he is in the middle of his prime as a footballer and has been putting up good numbers even in a Derby County side that has struggled for a while now. On top of that, Celtic do need another winger.

According to stats from Transfermarkt, Lawrence scored 11 goals and provided 5 assists in 39 appearances across all competitions this season.

With his current deal running out, it is not hard to see why there is so much interest in his signature and it will not be easy for Celtic to come out on top of the race.

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Former Celtic star named ‘biggest letdown’ of the season

Celtic lost a number of their key stars over the course of the previous summer transfer window. What made things even more difficult was the fact that they were coming off of a season where they had finished 25 points behind the Rangers. But incredibly, it does not look like they have felt the absence of any of them, as Ange Postecoglou has guided the club to a Premiership and League Cup double.

One of the big names to leave Celtic last summer was Odsonne Edouard, who had been the main man for the club for much of his stint at Parkhead. Towards the end of his time with the Hoops though, his influence faded significantly.

You can’t deny his goal scoring record in the Hoops. It was pretty sensational as was the quality of some of his goals, like the very cool Panenka penalty past Craig Gordon in a Scottish Cup final. Ultimately, according to stats from Transfermarkt, he scored 86 goals for Celtic in 179 appearances.

Amid many rumours of him seeking a move away from Parkhead in his last couple of seasons in Glasgow, his form seemed to decline and he was often criticised for his performances. By the time he joined Crystal Palace in the summer of 2021, not many Celtic fans were devastated to see him go.

The former Celtic star has been named the ‘biggest letdown’ of the season for his club

Patrick Vieira brought Edouard off the bench to make his Crystal Palace debut against Tottenham Hotspur and the Frenchman started in the most incredible fashion possible, scoring a brace after coming on in the 84th minute.

But the good start didn’t last long and his season at Selhurst Park has been disappointing and he was seen less and less in the Crystal Palace line up as the season played out.

In the 2021/22 season review of Crystal Palace from the Evening Standard, Edouard was named as the biggest letdown, as the report read:

Biggest letdown: Odsonne Edouard

His move has not worked out brilliantly and a tame performance in the FA Cup semi-final at the end of a brilliant Palace run edges this.

Disappointing indeed but not exactly a surprise considering his latter performances for Celtic. Edouard has undoubted talent and potential, but he just has not been able to get it going for Crystal Palace. Perhaps, he was not quite ready for the Premier League.

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Four positions Celtic want to sign players in revealed

It will be very interesting to see Celtic’s approach to the upcoming summer transfer window. The squad is much more settled than the last time around, when they needed a major rebuild after having finished trophyless and lost players like Scott Brown, Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer, Ryan Christie and several others. Yet, there is no doubt about the fact that there is a lot of room for improvement.

Most Celtic fans must have been pretty content with how the domestic season went for the club. But in Europe, the Hoops were quite disappointing.

They were knocked out early from the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, then failed to make it past the group stage in the Europa League and then got knocked out in the very first Europa Conference League tie as well, at the hands of Bodo/Glimt.

Combine that with the fact that the Rangers were able to make the final of the Europa League, albeit not winning it, and Celtic must be even hungrier to succeed in Europe next season. And it looks like they will be targeting four positions to strengthen in the summer, assuming that Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota join on a permanent basis, which is looking likely at the moment. Kieran Devlin tweeted out:

Looks like CB, LB, RW, and CM are priority targets assuming Jota and CCV sign permanently, and another CB and winger if they don’t. That strengthens the squad but to specifically improve in Europe, personally think one or two other areas could be targeted.

Celtic will be targeting four positions this summer assuming Jota and Carter-Vickers join

It looks like centre-back, left-back, right wing and central midfield are the four positions that the club see as their priority targets, if Jota and Carter-Vickers do indeed join on a permanent basis.

All of those targets make a lot of sense as well. Christopher Jullien is expected to leave at centre-back. On the other hand, Boli Bolingoli is expected to leave as well, combined with the fact that left-back has been viewed as a weakness for a while.

Neither James Forrest nor Mikey Johnston have impressed in recent times while Nir Bitton has departed, leaving a gap there.

As a result, if Celtic do manage to strengthen in all those positions over the summer, it should be viewed as a major improvement on their current squad.

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Celtic linked with surprising move for relegated French star

Celtic have enjoyed a brilliant 2021/22 campaign as Ange Postecoglou guided them to a Premiership and League Cup double in his first season in charge of a top division European club. Naturally, the future looks bright for the Hoops with guaranteed Champions League football next time around and a Scottish crown to defend from the Rangers as well. Thus, they will need to improve their squad this summer.

One of the areas that Celtic need to bring reinforcements in is defensive midfield. There is a massive hole there with Nir Bitton ending his 9-year run at Parkhead.

On top of that, the likes of Yosuke Ideguchi, James McCarthy and Ismaila Soro, three players that one would expect to contribute there, barely featured in Postecoglou’s side throughout the course of the 2021/22 season. Thus, Celtic do need to bring in a new defensive midfielder.

They are being linked with a surprising name there though. As reported by Homme du Match (via Daily Record), FC Metz star Kevin N’Doram is a target for Celtic. He is believed to be rated at a transfer fee around £2 million and although he has been a key player for his current club, he could be on the lookout for a new team this summer, after being relegated.

Celtic linked with surprising move for relegated French defensive midfielder

N’Doram broke through into the senior level at AS Monaco after coming through their youth ranks but was never quite able to establish himself there as a regular starter. As a result, he would end up moving to FC Metz, where he was a key member of the team.

He struggled with injuries in the recent season though and his absence surely played its part in them getting relegated.

Now, it remains to be seen if Celtic do end up making a move for the defensive midfielder this summer.

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Sky Sports man confirms Celtic talks with brilliant left-back

Celtic will be expected to strengthen their ranks in the summer, even though it is not going to be complete chaos like the last time around when the club brought in twelve players in total, ten on a permanent basis and two on loan. But with Champions League football guaranteed, the Hoops must make sure that they build a squad that can compete in Europe’s elite competition and make an impression.

One of the areas that has been viewed as an weakness in this team for a long time now is left-back. Since Kieran Tierney left in a then Scottish record move to join Arsenal in the summer of 2019, the Hoops have not been able to find a proper replacement for him.

Greg Taylor has shown a lot of improvement this season but even now, there are question marks about whether he is good enough to be starting for Celtic week in, week out. Thus, it should not come as any surprise if the club try to sign another left-back in the summer.

One player that they have been linked with heavily is Hammarby’s Mohanad Jeahze and now, Anthony Joseph has confirmed that talks have been held with him although they are not advanced. He tweeted out:

Sky Sports man confirms Celtic talks with brilliant left-back

Jeahze has been a standout performer for Hammarby in recent times. He is absolutely brilliant going forward and can more than hold his own in defence. Many even view him as the best left-back playing in the Swedish top flight right now.

On top of that, he is accustomed to playing the role of an inverted left-back already, and also has an incredible intensity to his game off the ball. On top of everything else, he has the stamina to go at a good pace for the entire 90 minutes.

All of these attributes make the Iraq international a great fit for Postecoglou’s side. It is believed that he could be available for a transfer fee around £2 million, which could be a bargain. Now, it remains to be seen if Celtic do indeed make a move.

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Andy Robertson makes massive Celtic dream admission

Celtic pulled off an unexpected Premiership title win this season that not many fans would have seen coming, with the Hoops having finished 25 points behind the Rangers last time around and having had to undergo a summer squad overhaul as well. On top of that, Ange Postecoglou had no experience of managing a top division club in Europe when he arrived.

Thus, it is safe to say that the odds were very much stacked against Celtic and they overcame them. The reward is a guaranteed spot in the Champions League group stage next season.

The club have not made it to the competition in several years now and the European nights next season will certainly be special. Most of the players in the current Celtic squad have not had a taste of it till now.

There are a number of top teams that Celtic could come up against in the Champions League group stage next season. There is no doubt in Andy Robertson’s mind though when it comes to who he would want one of those opponents to be. As reported by The National, the Liverpool star told BBC:

“Well look, as a young boy my dream was to play Champions League football at Celtic Park.

“I wanted to be in a green and white jersey, now obviously being at such a massive club like Liverpool then I think I would enjoy it.

“Obviously, I’ve been there as a fan, done ball boy games for Celtic in the Champions League. The atmosphere is incredible, very similar to Anfield.

“I’d love the rest of them to experience it as well.

“Obviously, that’s not until next season but if we did get them then it would be an occasion I would look forward to.”

Robertson makes massive Celtic dream admission

It is no secret that Robertson grew up as a Celtic fan and was even in the club’s youth ranks at one point of time. The Hoops would release him though and he would end up at Queen’s Park instead.

The rest as they say is history, as Robertson has ultimately ended up at Liverpool, establishing himself as one of the best left-backs in the world and the Scotland national team captain. When it comes to Celtic, he is certainly the one who got away.

If Celtic do end up getting drawn with Liverpool in the same group in the Champions League next season, it would certainly be a brilliant tie. It would be very interesting to see how Postecoglou’s side handle Jurgen Klopp’s team, who are very possibly the best in the world at the moment.

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