Celtic should rescue this Premier League striker from the cold
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Scott Sinclair arrived at Celtic last summer after a dismal few seasons with a number of Premier League clubs.
However Brendan Rodgers has managed to get the best out of the 27-year-old in his debut season in Glasgow which has seen him strike 18 goals in 39 appearances all competitions.
The winger struggled at Aston Villa, who were relegated from the English top flight last season, and West Bromwich Albion where he barely managed to get on the pitch.
Rodgers’ history of getting the best out of underperforming players means that he should look to sign Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez in the summer in a bid to improve his attacking options.
Moussa Dembele is constantly linked with a move away from Parkhead leaving Leigh Griffiths as the only traditional striker who can consistently get goals.
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The Birmingham Mail have reported that the frozen-out Premier League striker is unhappy at Southampton as his frustrations over lack of game time have intensified since the arrival of Manolo Gabbiadini on the south coast.
Despite suffering with serious injuries in recent history, Rodriguez is the perfect man for Rodgers to target.
At 27-years-of-age, Rodriguez is in the same point of his career as Sinclair and although he’s started just seven league matches for the Saints, he’s still managed to find the net on four occasions.
He can also add a lot of fluidity to the Celtic front three as he is equally adept playing on both wings – similarly, again, to Sinclair.
Rodriguez was a consistent goal scorer in his time at Burnley and began to show shades of that with the Saints until the likes of Shane Long, Charlie Austin and Gabbiadini arrived at the club.
He’s a quick, skilful player who knows how to find the back of the net and a move to Scotland to play against weaker opposition could be just what he needs.
The Bhoys have to brace themselves for an onslaught of bids for some of their top players in the summer so to find a player that is willing to leave his club, and presumably on a cut-price deal, is an opportunity that Rodgers and his employers have to jump on.
In other Celtic news, Kieran Tierney says this 24-year-old is a contender for player of the season.