The good times have finally returned to Celtic.
It’s been a long season but Neil Lennon bought himself further time in the Parkhead hot seat by engineering his side to a Scottish Cup final victory over Hearts on Sunday.
However, all attention must now turn to the SPFL and indeed, the January transfer window.
Where Celtic look to strengthen next month will be fascinating considering their woeful season to date.
The Hoops are 16 points behind Rangers and thus, surely need bodies all over the pitch. Judging by the 19 goals they conceded in six Europa League matches a couple of defenders certainly wouldn’t go amiss.
However, the target in question here is actually a midfielder.
According to The Scottish Sun, the Bhoys are interested in signing West Bromwich Albion’s Rekeem Harper.
Harper came close to joining the Glaswegians in the summer of 2019 but signed a new deal at the Hawthorns to keep him in England. Lennon has scouted the player previously and it’s thought that the £2m-rated midfielder could join on loan.
The report also specifies that Celtic are pursuing his teammate Kyle Edwards – a winger by trade.
If Celtic are looking to bring in a midfielder in January it will surely spell the end of the line in the starting XI for Scott Brown.
The Hoops captain started the final on Sunday but his place has come into question, especially with Ismaila Soro’s emergence against Lille and Kilmarnock sparking consecutive victories.
Crucially though, Harper could walk through the door at a time when Olivier Ntcham may leave. The Frenchman has been linked with the Premier League but considering he’s been reduced to just seven SPFL starts, could force his way out.
Harper, however, would be a brilliant like-for-like replacement. Dubbed a “powerhouse” by former West Brom boss Slaven Bilic, he possesses all the ingredients that Ntcham has. He can gallop forward with a lung-busting change of pace and influence things both offensively and defensively.
Furthermore, he’s also been compared to one of the great midfielders we’ve seen. Harper revealed in January 2019: “Academy manager, Mark Harrison, said to me ‘we see you as a midfielder called Patrick Vieira. He said he saw that in me potentially. At first I was naive, I didn’t really want this but then I thought I like this and I can be involved and I took to it.”
The 20-year-old has been restricted to just three first-team appearances this term but he does have a goal to his name.
Even as a temporary piece of business, this would be an astute capture from Nick Hammond.