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8th Feb, 2018 | 4:04pm

Surprise as one-time Celtic target makes shock move to relegation candidates

Dundee have completed the shock signing of former Spurs and QPR defender Steven Caulker, in a deal announced on the club’s website.
The 26-year-old centre-back, who was a free agent after being released by QPR, was said to be a summer target for Celtic, and Brendan Rodgers, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, has previously refused to rule out a move for the player, who he had worked with at Swansea.
Caulker, who has moved to the side currently battling for survival in 9th place in the Scottish Premiership table, will replace Jack Hendry, who joined Celtic from the Dens Park side just before the closure of the January transfer window.
Football Insider verdict
This move is a surprise, particularly as Brendan Rodgers seemed genuinely interested in the player in the summer. With the centre-back injuries currently mounting up at Celtic Park, a move for an experienced player like Caulker could have been seen as a no-brainer. But there are obviously reasons why the Bhoys decided not to move for the player, perhaps his lack of playing time recently was an issue, or Rodgers is confident that not only will the Hoops have defensive reinforcements back soon, but that they are of a higher standard than the former QPR and Spurs man. Of course, if the 26-year-old has a good spell for Dundee then there’s always a chance that the Hoops may well swoop to sign him in the summer, only time will tell.
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