Celtic could clinch a stunning bargain by landing Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Adam Reach.
With Neil Lennon’s side virtually out of the race for the Scottish Premiership title, attentions naturally will turn towards how the Hoops could strengthen ahead of next season.
And according to The Lancashire Telegraph, one player who the Bhoys could make a move for is Reach.
The report claims that with his contract expiring come the end of the season, both Celtic and rivals Rangers could make a move for the 27-year-old. It’s added Lennon’s side “may once again take advantage of expiring contracts and cross-border transfer rules to bag bargain signings without having to pay a huge compensation fee.”
With Reach’s contract running down, Peter Lawwell could clinch an absolute bargain for Celtic by snapping up the 27-year-old.
The versatile midfielder has virtually played in every single position this season for the Owls, barring centre-back and right-back. The 6 foot 1 ace may not be the kind of game-changing signing that Celtic fans might be hoping for, but Reach could bring the steady reliable hand that they’ve been missing.
Described as a “class player” by his teammate, Josh Windass, there’s no questioning Reach’s ability. His former boss at Hillsborough, Garry Monk, said: “On his day, Reach can be one of the most influential players in the Championship. He showed that on occasions last season. He can turn a game on its head in the blink of an eye. He has that quality.”
The key to this signing is the low cost of it, with Lawwell not even having to pay an actual transfer fee to get Reach on board. It’s deal that’s incredibly low risk but with the potential for a decent reward, and something Celtic would be foolish to pass up.
A rebuild isn’t often centred around the arrival of a marquee signing or a superstar player. Instead, that someone who can come in, hit the ground running and breathe new life is what’s needed, and Reach’s ability on the ball and his shed-load of Championship experience fits that bill to a tee. Nick Hammond could pull off a real transfer heist by getting this deal over the line.