Deal close! Celtic eyeing up a move for 24-year-old Roberts replacement


Celtic could eventually qualify for the Champions League group stages for the fifth season in a row.

After a resounding victory over Alashkert in their first qualifier, the Hoops defeated Rosenborg 3-1 at Celtic Park. A brace from Odsonne Edouard and a late strike from Olivier Ntcham ensured Brendan Rodgers takes a two-goal lead to Norway. The former Liverpool boss will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the previous year’s group stage exit.

Celtic have docile in the transfer window thus far, completing permanent deals for Edouard and Scott Bain. Rodgers will be searching for a new winger since the departure of Patrick Roberts to Manchester City. He should look to his former club Liverpool to find his next signing.

Finally expected to say his goodbyes at the club this summer, Lazar Markovic could prove to be of great value in the Celtic squad. Valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, Rodgers was the man who brought him to Anfield from Benfica back in 2014. The Serbian was touted as one of Europe’s hottest prospects but failed to make a name for himself at Anfield. After various loan spells, he will be offloaded permanently this summer.

Markovic is still just 24-years-old – there is plenty of time for him to turn his career around. Rodgers is known for being a great man-manager and could be just who the winger needs to find the best in him.

With his contract in its final year, Liverpool is unlikely to command a large fee for his services. Celtic could potentially grab themselves a bargain.