By Will Butcher
Brendan Rodgers would see a vast improvement in his Celtic midfield with the January signing of Everton’s Tom Cleverley.
With Celtic looking to prove more successful in the Champions League next season, Cleverley’s experience in the competition could prove priceless for the Hoops.
Celtic drew 1-1 against Manchester City on Tuesday night in Group C of the Champions League, and would benefit from a player that can add pace and guile in the middle of the park and Cleverley fits those categories.
Manager Ronald Koeman sees the former Manchester United star as expendable, with plenty of cover in midfield.
Cleverley has struggled to tighten his grip on a regular spot in Koeman’s starting eleven this season, with Idrissa Gueye, Gareth Barry and Ross Barkley all ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.
Celtic have struggled to find a permanent centre-midfield partner for captain Scott Brown this season.
Israel international Nir Bitton was Brendan Rodgers’ first choice, but has since been dropped. Callum McGregor and Stuart Armstrong have both filled in for Bitton, but are yet to have done enough to be considered as Brown’s permanent partner.
With 13 England caps and 142 top-flight appearances in the Premier League, Everton’s number 15 brings possesses a wealth of experience.
He would be the perfect partner for Brown, as his eye for goal and box-to-box mentality will compliment the 47-time Scottish champions’ captain who prefers to sit in front of the back four.
Since his move to Goodison Park last summer, Cleverley has made a total of 41 appearances for the Toffees, scoring twice and adding another seven strikes in assists.
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