Despite a lot of speculation linking him to Celtic there was shock when it was announced that Scottish Premiership relegation candidates Dundee had signed free agent defender Steven Caulker on an 18 month deal.
Caulker had been linked with the Hoops in the summer, with Brendan Rodgers – who had worked with the player at Swansea – refusing to rule out a move for the 26-year-old.
But the Hoops elected to sign Marvin Compper and – ironically enough Dundee’s Jack Hendry – and the move never happened.
However, with the Bhoys in the middle of a centre-back injury crisis, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to sign the former England international, even on a short-term deal.
He has lots of experience, and would have been a good addition to the ranks of defenders at the Scottish champions.
However, perhaps Rodgers was concerned that the player, who has had personal issues in the past, would have struggled to cope with the unique pressure of playing for an Old Firm side.
Maybe another reason that the Hoops didn’t go for him was his lack of first-team football this season.
If he plays well for the Dens Park side until the end of the season, the Bhoys may have to make a decision about finally making an effort to sign the player.
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