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14th Jun, 2018 | 1:51pm

Out-of-favour veteran PL defender fits Rodgers criteria, could do short-term job for Celtic


Brendan Rodgers is an expert at taking players whose best days look behind them, and making them an integral part of his team.

In his time at Celtic the most notable example of this is Dedryck Boyata, who was going nowhere in the Hoops squad until Rodgers found something in him, he is now a first-team regular and is off to the World Cup with Belgium.

A player who is available to sign that fits Rodgers’ criteria is Everton’s Ashley Williams, who is surplus to requirements at Goodison Park, as reported by the Telegraph.

The 33-year-old was heavily criticised at times for his performances last season, and was even dropped at one stage by then Everton boss Sam Allardyce.

But he has plenty of experience of playing in big games, and is still a regular for Wales, who he captains.

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A heavily criticised centre-back who is out of favour sounds like Boyata’s situation before Rodgers rescued his career, and the same could apply to Williams.

A one-year deal could be a good bit of business for the Bhoys, and as the Hoops need another centre-back he would be useful for the Champions League in particular.

He doesn’t even need to be a regular for the side, but if he is able to replicate his performances for Wales then he could be well worth signing on a short-term deal for the Hoops.

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