The cold weather is upon us, Christmas trees have started to go up and I’m a Celeb is on our televisions. That can only mean one thing – the January transfer window is almost here.
Celtic have a lot of work to do in January and Brendan Rodgers has made it very clear that he wants to bolster his squad ahead of a Europa League knock-out campaign that looks increasingly likely to happen.
Rodgers is keen on reinforcing his defence with a centre-back and has admitted he would also want another right-back to cover for World Cup-bound Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa.
However the Bhoys should also take a look at improving their attacking options, and to do that they must revive a previous interest from earlier this year.
However the Hoops would go on to miss out on the 20-year-old as he penned a deal with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Since moving to Anfield, the newly capped England international has pretty much failed to earn that much first-team football, leading to Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce to urge him to quit Merseyside on a temporary basis in order to continue his development.
Celtic face the real prospect of losing Moussa Dembele in the near future and should really start to make plans for life without him, especially if he keeps up this current vein of form he has recently struck.
Villa boss Bruce is clearly unhappy with the way that Solanke is being utilised with Liverpool and has blasted how his situation at the club has come about.
“At the moment, we’ve got the ludicrous situation of Solanke playing for England when he’s hardly had a game with Liverpool. That can’t be right,” he said, as quoted by the Mirror.
“We have young players all over the country doing well – but not playing.
“Surely any young, talented player would prefer turning out for the likes of Forest Green, Bury, Oldham Athletic – you’re better playing there for three months and learning your trade than in the Under-23s.
“I think something like a draft system could work. Loans definitely benefit parent clubs.”
Premier League forward Solanke has failed to start a single start for Liverpool in the league, but imagine the game-time he would get at Celtic if Dembele was to leave.
It wouldn’t just benefit Celtic and perhaps lead them a long way into the Europa League, it would also be a huge advantage to Liverpool.