Celtic concluded their 2017/18 Scottish Premiership campaign with a 1-0 loss to Aberdeen this past weekend. Despite being crowned as champions again, an unprecedented 7th time in a row, the Hoops haven’t been as dominant or as convincing as they were in the 2016/17 campaign.
Brendan Rodgers’ side may once again be on the verge of completing a domestic treble when they take on Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final. However, their performances this term have shown that they can be vulnerable and it is something that the manager and the club will need to address this summer.
The transfer window will once again play a major role in how the next campaign pans out for Celtic as they look to continue their dominance and stave off competition from Aberdeen and the Rangers side led by new manager Steven Gerrard. Here are top three transfers that would help Celtic achieve the same.
Abel Hernandez (Hull City)
The Uruguayan forward is out of contract with the EFL Championship outfit in a few days’ time and will be available on a free transfer for the Hoops to swoop.
There had been reports of Celtic offering Hernandez a three-year deal last month to get him to move to Scotland and they should continue their pursuit of the 27-year-old.
Hernandez spent most of the 2017/18 campaign out on the sidelines due to an injury but he still came up with impressive numbers of 8 goals and 2 assists from 10 Championship outings, scoring a goal every 86 minutes that he played.
A proven goalscorer on the international stages as well, the former Palermo striker has 11 goals in 29 appearances for the Uruguayan national team.
At 27 years of age, Hernandez is entering his best years and has a good amount of experience behind him. With the future of Moussa Dembele still being a subject of speculation, signing the Hull City striker, that too on a free transfer, would be a massive coup for the Hoops.
Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United)
The heart of the defence has been Celtic’s biggest problem this season, with the likes of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic unable to perform at the desired level on a consistent basis.
January arrivals Jack Hendry and Marvin Compper haven’t made the best of impressions either and hence, a new central defender in the form of Newcastle United’s Chancel Mbemba would be a smart addition for Rodgers’ side.
The 23-year-old has found himself on the fringes of the Magpies squad ever since Rafa Benitez took over and went on to make just 11 appearances in the 2017/18 season.
However, the Congolese international remains a talented defender who has proven himself in the Premier League and has done a solid job each time he has been given a chance.
Tall, strong and pacey, Mbemba could form a solid partnership alongside Celtic’s breakout star of the season, Kristoffer Ajer.
John McGinn (Hibernian)
The 23-year-old Scottish midfielder has been linked with a move to the Parkhead of late and would be a brilliant addition to the Celtic’s ranks.
Having signed for the Hibs back in the summer of 2015 from St. Mirren, McGinn has grown from strength to strength with each passing season and has established himself as one of the finest young footballers in the country.
A midfield powerhouse, the 7-time capped Scotland international finished the 2017/18 season with 6 goals and 8 assists in 42 games in all competitions, helping his team to a fourth-place finish in the Premiership.
With club captain Scott Brown not getting any younger, grooming McGinn, who is arguably the next best midfielder in Scotland, to take over from the 32-year old makes total sense for the Hoops.