Opinion: Reported January target could secure the title for Celtic if he joins

Opinion: Reported January target could secure the title for Celtic if he joins – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama has been linked with a move to Celtic for a while now.

Wanyama is unwanted at Spurs and he is no longer a key first-team player for Mauricio Pochettino. The defensive midfielder was expected to depart in the summer but his move fell through.

It will be interesting to see if Celtic bring him back to the club this season.

A January move would be ideal for all parties. Wanyama needs to play regularly and Spurs would like to get his wages off their books.

Furthermore, Celtic could use a powerhouse like him at the heart of their midfield.

Wanyama is a top-class player on his day and he would be a star in the Scottish Premier League. He would make a huge difference for Celtic.

It would be the kind of signing that transforms a side. He will improve Lennon’s side defensively and will allow the attacking players to play with more freedom.

Also, he will take the burden off experienced players like Scott Brown.

Rangers are pushing hard for the title this year and someone like Wanyama could help Celtic pull clear of their challengers and retain their domestic crown.

It could be a season-defining signing for them.

Celtic should do everything in their power to bring him back to the club when the transfer window reopens in January.

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‘Maturing all the time’: Club legend names the player who ‘should be first choice’ for Celtic

'Maturing all the time': Club legend names the player who 'should be first choice' for Celtic – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Celtic legend Frank McGarvey believes that Leigh Griffiths has got it in him to play at the highest level.

Griffiths has not featured since the end of August. He picked up a series of niggling injuries since he made his return to the Celtic first team this summer after a long absence.

The Bhoys striker has been out with personal issues and physical ailments, but McGarvey believes that Griffiths can still play at the top level because of his natural finishing ability.

Having said that, the former Hoops striker McGarvey believes Odsonne Edouard should be the first choice striker at the club.

“There’s no point in being the best centre-forward at Parkhead if you can’t go out and prove that on a weekly basis. And that’s what Leigh’s not doing at the moment unfortunately,” said McGarvey to the Daily Record.

“I like Edouard. He’s maturing all the time and he’s coming into being a nice centre-forward. He’s a good player as well – but Griffiths has proved it.

“But you need to prove it week in week out and right now Griffiths is not doing that and Edouard is. So Edouard should be first choice.”

Edouard deserves to be the first choice 

The 21-year-old striker has been in tremendous form this season, and has scored nine goals for the Bhoys in all competitions already.

Edouard has shown the maturity to handle the pressure and perform in big games. He has cemented his position in the side, and is vital to Lennon’s plans.

McGarvey is spot on that Edouard is maturing all the time and he is proving it on a regular basis. Griffiths is a vastly experienced striker but right now Lennon must integrate him into the side gradually.

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Another flare-up at Celtic. UEFA charge club for 17th time

October 9 – Celtic have been charged by UEFA for fans setting off fireworks just over two weeks after being fined for the use of flares and throwing objects.

The alleged incidents took place as the Scottish champions faced their Romanian opponents at Celtic Park on October 3.

UEFA have now charged the club with breaching disciplinary rules and the matter will be dealt with by the governing body’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body at a hearing on October 17.

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‘I don’t think the board share them’: McGarvey is worried about something at Celtic

'I don’t think the board share them': McGarvey is worried about something at Celtic – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Celtic legend Frank McGarvey has shared his concern that the Hoops will neglect the importance of doing well in Europe once again.

The Bhoys have been ruthlessly dominant in domestic competitions, having won the Scottish Premiership title for the eighth consecutive season.

In fact, they have won the domestic treble three times in a row, and are strong favourites to replicate that achievement once again.

While Celtic have been really dominant on the domestic front, the Bhoys have not been able to stamp their authority in European games.

This season, Celtic could not even make it to the Champions League group stages.

The Bhoys are doing well in the Europa League this season, and Lennon must prioritise the competition as well.

However, McGarvey fears that with Rangers challenging Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title this season, the Hoops could once again neglect their chances in Europe.

“My worry is Celtic are happy enough to keep winning trophies in Scotland,” said McGarvey.

“The players and supporters have ambitions in Europe, but I don’t think the board share them.”

Celtic dropped points in back to back league games against Hamilton and Livingston, and as a result, find themselves in second place, two points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table.

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