COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Celtic have established their dominance over Scottish football this season, winning the League Cup and Premiership crowns alongside starting preparations to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final in May.
But, Brendan Rodgers’ work is far from done at the Hoops and the ex-Liverpool manager’s next goal will be to establish themselves as a force in Europe once again.
The Glasgow giants crashed out of the Champions League at it’s group stage this season, failing to win a single match from their six fixtures, but Rodgers feels as though the club needs just two “quality” players in order to make a mark on Europe.
Now, it is unclear whether the Norther Irishman is looking for experience or young up and coming stars, but here Football Insider have discovered three soon to be free agents who would help the club progress in Europe.
Celtic conceded a huge 16 goals from their 16 fixtures in the Champions League this season and a lot has been talked about in regards to their defence not being good enough.
However, the experienced Terry could certainly add some steel and experience to the Hoops’ back line.
Additionally, the former England captain worked with Rodgers when the two were at Chelsea and the two will know how each other work, ensuring an easy transition.
Terry may now not be good enough for the Blues, but he has won the Champions League alongside four Premier League trophies and a Europa League crown and he could certainly take the role of Kolo Toure in the Celtic team, while even contributing on the field.
Midfield enforcer Veloso has been known throughout his career for being a tough tackling midfielder and he could be another to add steel to the team.
The 56-time capped Portugal international is currently playing in Serie A for 16th placed side Genoa.
It is his second spell at the club and he has featured 18 times in the league this season, but his contract is set to expire this summer and he could be looking for a move elsewhere.
Like Terry, Veloso has won a number of domestic titles with his various clubs and after having made 37 Champions League appearances throughout his career he could certainly add some much needed experience to the Celtic team.
Navas, 31, may prove the most difficult to obtain with reports increasingly stating that he could return to former club Sevilla once his Manchester City contract finishes this summer.
However, the pacey right-winger still boasts a lot of qualities at his age and a number of top European clubs like Celtic should also make an attempt to sign him on a free.
It must also not be forgotten that Navas was the one who kept current Hoops star Scott Sinclair out of the team at Manchester City back in the day and the pair linking up once more on either side of the pitch could prove devastating against opposition teams.
Navas also has a glittering career like the aforementioned duo and his pace and experience could be the key to allowing Celtic to score more goals in Europe.
In other Celtic transfer news, Frank McAvennie believes these two Premier League youngsters would join the Hoops under Rodgers.