Celtic are currently stuck at a crossroads. For the first time in a decade, they are no longer champions of Scotland, nor do they have a manager.
Despite this, they are already targeting many additions in the January window. Liam Shaw has already arrived for example.
To the blackboard
One area where Celtic might need to improve is in the middle of the park. Scott Brown’s contract is about to expire so there will be an opening for another player in the midfield.
Ismaila Soro feels like Brown’s natural heir if he does leave, but there are other options.
The Hoops targeted Giannelli Imbula in January while James McCarthy is another to have been on their radar.
Celtic were interested in a move for the Irishman last summer before recording another call in January. The Crystal Palace midfielder is out of contract this summer and could therefore arrive on a free transfer.
Indeed, the answer cannot lie in any of the aforementioned names. Instead, the solution could fall at the feet of Motherwell’s Allan Campbell.
Do you want Campbell at Celtic?
They turned down major offers for his services in January and now he is a player who is being tipped to move to Glasgow.
That’s according to Colin Watt, podcaster Hoops, who said, “Someone I would love to see us pick up – and I believe he’s currently available to sign a pre-contract – is Allan Campbell at Motherwell. I think the guy has a really big future ahead of him.“
The 22-year-old would be a great choice for the Bhoys and he has a lot of history with the Glaswegians.
In the 2018 Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park, he and Callum McGregor faced off as they began to push and push each other.
However, if we are looking for a closer connection, we don’t need to look any further than David Turnbull. No player has played alongside the Celtic star more than Campbell.
According to Transfermarkt, the duo have played together 38 times, from young to senior level. They accumulated 2,859 minutes together, 203 more than anyone else.
They clearly have a great understanding and one only needs to evaluate Campbell’s words to understand that. The Bully Motherwell has been lyrical about him in the past.
Speaking in February, he said: “We have a lot of respect for each other. I hope he is doing well and likewise he will want me to do well.
“He’s a top player and a hard-working player, and he’s come here and made a real impact on the team (at Celtic). It was no surprise to anyone at Fir Park.
With such understanding, they have the potential to create a catchy momentum at Celtic. Certainly, with Brown’s possible departure, signing a player of Campbell’s caliber would be fine.
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