Celtic were linked to a move for Utrecht superstar Gyrano Kerk during the summer and talks have recently resurfaced amid a crisis at Parkhead. A question mark hangs over the future of Neil Lennon as the club’s manager after a run of poor performances this season.
The Hoops haven’t registered a single win in their last five matches, which is an alarming return for the reigning champions of the Scottish league. They are out of the Europa League having banked just one point in the group stages and they currently sit second in the Premiership table, with a 13-point gap between them and leaders Rangers.
Both Lennon’s attack and defence has been questionable through this season and there isn’t one quick-fix answer that can solve it. But if the Hoops don’t explore their options in the January window then they will just be shooting themselves in the foot going into the new year.
One man Peter Lawwell and Nick Hammond must look into is their summer target Kerk. At the moment, Celtic don’t have a recognised right-winger on their senior roster and the Netherlands international could fill a huge gap in Lennon’s squad.
Mohamed Elyounoussi has been a revelation signing, even if he is only at the club on temporary basis. His loan move from Southampton has been a huge success as he is leading the way as Celtic’s top scorer for the season, ahead of Odsonne Edouard (via BBC Sport).
The latter has been linked to a move away from Celtic Park, which could cause further problems for the Glaswegians. Although, club veteran Leigh Griffiths is on-hand to replace the Frenchman if he leaves, but he will need support on the wings.
Signing £5.8million-rated Kerk potentially wouldn’t cost Lawwell too much and it would seriously improve the quality of Celtic’s attack. He has received a lot of attention recently, whether that’s been from interested clubs or professionals impressed with his form. Indeed, fellow Dutchman Robin van Persie recently stated that Kerk “has everything” as a player, which is a huge compliment for the 25-year-old.
It’s a move that Celtic must seriously consider if Lawwell wants to claw his club out of a major hole after this season.
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