Crystal Palace rival Celtic in transfer race for centre-back

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Plans already seem to be in place for Celtic for the upcoming summer transfer window. It is a very important one for the Hoops and there is quite clearly a need to freshen up the squad after a season full of underwhelming and uninspiring performances from Brendan Rodgers' side. To be honest, it is unclear whether the Northern Irishman will remain in the Parkhead hot seat, in case they fail to win the league or even worse, finish trophyless.

The defence appears to be one area Celtic will be looking to improve. There have been many calls to sign another left-back, especially with Alexandro Bernabei leaving on loan as well. But, signing a centre-back might be just as vital.

Cameron Carter-Vickers has been dealing with constant fitness issues since the end of last season. On the other hand, many believe that Liam Scales is not good enough to be a regular starter for Celtic.

As a result, Celtic could do with another centre-back in their ranks. Especially with the Parkhead futures of players like Yuki Kobayashi, Maik Nawrocki and Gustaf Lagerbielke in doubt. Jake Clarke-Salter is someone they have been heavily linked with, but it looks like other clubs will be after his signature as well, including three from the Premier League.

Crystal Palace rival Celtic in transfer race for centre-back

As reported by Football Insider, Crystal Palace, Burnley and Bournemouth are ready to join the race to sign Clarke-Salter this summer. They look set to rival Celtic for the QPR defender's signature.

One of the best players in the Chelsea academy at one point in time, Clarke-Salter made his debut in the senior game at 18 years of age. Big things were expected from him and many even believed that he could be John Terry's successor in the heart of their defence.

None of that happened. Instead, Clarke-Salter spent most of his time out on loan before leaving the club permanently to join QPR. It is a move that has paid off for the Englishman, as he has rebuilt his career and now looks set for a high-profile move away from the Championship.