It is no secret that Celtic are looking at a massive rebuild over the course of the summer if they are to return to the top of Scottish football in the near future, after losing the Premiership title to the Rangers by a margin of 25 points and enduring a trophyless season.
One of the positions on the pitch that needs immediate attention is centre-back. The Hoops’ defence struggled throughout the course of the 2020/21 season. And with Kristoffer Ajer expected to leave the club in the summer with just a year left on his contract, they might need to bring in a new defender as soon as possible.
One interesting name that the club could consider is that of Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips. The 24-year-old has been tremendous in recent weeks and is one of the biggest reasons why the club managed to secure Champions League football for next season despite suffering numerous injuries at the back.
But with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip set to return from injury next season, Phillips is not expected to get much playing time then. And as reported by The Sun, Liverpool will let him leave this summer if they receive a major offer. It is believed that he could command a £10 million transfer fee.
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Celtic should make £10 million move for Liverpool star
Phillips has shown this season that when given a run in the first-team, he can be a brilliant defender. And he has shown that in a run of games where Liverpool needed to win almost all of them if they were to qualify for the Champions League.
Thus, there is no question about his ability to deliver on the big occasion. And that might exactly be the type of player that the Hoops need right now as they aim to return to the top of Scottish football once again.
Of course, shelling out £10 million for him would see Phillips become the most expensive player in the history of the club. And it remains to be seen whether the club are willing to do that.