Celtic are expected to make a splash in the January transfer window as it is pretty clear that they need to add to Ange Postecoglou’s squad. The Hoops have already been linked with potential moves for Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi, and a lot of rumours have suggested that the club are closing in on the trio. There is one more area in the team though that they need to strengthen.
That is their central defence. Christopher Jullien did not make a single appearance for Celtic in 2021 and has been out of action for a long time. Thus, there are serious questions about how he will look when he does eventually return.
On the other hand, Carl Starfelt’s recent performances have raised a lot of eyebrows as well. And while Stephen Welsh is a solid back up option, the 21-year-old does not look quite ready to be a regular starter for Celtic yet. Cameron Carter-Vickers has been solid, but he is only on loan till the end of the season.
Thus, Celtic could definitely do with another centre-back. And one player that they should try to bring in on loan in January is Liverpool’s Nat Phillips.
Celtic should try to sign Phillips from Liverpool on a loan
Phillips proved to be a solid defender for Liverpool last season. But with players like Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez returning from injuries this time around, and Ibrahima Konate arriving as well, he has found playing time very hard to come by.
According to stats from Transfermarkt, Phillips has only featured for 224 minutes of football this season and has not made a single Premier League appearance.
As reported by Sky Sports, he has been told that Liverpool will not stand in the way of his search for regular football if the right offer comes in.
Thus, it might not be a bad idea on the part of Celtic to try and sign him on a loan deal till the end of the season.
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