Three reasons why Celtic should form Rodgers reunion with Liverpool 23-year-old reportedly set to leave
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Brendan Rodgers would bolster Celtic’s chances in the Champions League next season with the signing of Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart.
With Celtic yet to find a permanent partner for captain Scott Brown, here are three reasons why bringing Stewart north of the border would prove to be a fantastic signing.
The duo worked together at Liverpool, after Rodgers opted to sign the holding midfielder from Premier League rivals Tottenham in the summer of 2014. With the duo already up to speed, Stewart could thrive under Rodgers as he is already fully aware of the tactics and methods that the former Swansea and Watford manager wants his Celtic players to use. Hitting the ground running on Parkhead could make him a crucial member of the Bhoys’ side and reigniting the relationship between himself and Rodgers would help the midfielder do that.
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Current midfield options
Rodgers has struggled to find anyone in his squad capable of filling in alongside Brown. Nir Bitton tried and failed earlier in the season, while January signing Kouassi Eboue has made just one start since his £2.8million switch from Russian Premier League side Krasnodar. With Stuart Armstrong excelling in a more advanced role, Rodgers desperately needs someone to fill in alongside Brown. Similar to Brown, Stewart operates in front of the defence and is known for his impressive passing ability. Now 31, Brown could teach Stewart, allowing the London-born star to eventually become his successor.
Scott Sinclair form
Celtic’s most expensive player throughout the 2016-17 season was Scott Sinclair, who at just over £3million has gone on to shine under Rodgers by scoring 23 goals in 43 outings. After working with Sinclair in Chelsea’s youth academy before taking him to Swansea, Rodgers knows how to get the best out of the players that he has coached before. Bringing Stewart to Parkhead could see him follow in the footsteps of Sinclair, with talk of an England call-up even being touted for the former Aston Villa forward.
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