The winds of change are awry at Celtic. This summer is set to be a colossal one for the Bhoys and if they get things wrong, they can kiss goodbye to a title challenge again.
Parkhead will be a revolving door of exits and new arrivals with the playing squad and hierarchy set to undergo a big upheaval.
Dominic McKay has already taken up his position with Peter Lawwell due to retire from his role as CEO in a few months time.
As they all exit, this is the time for Celtic to target younger players in a bid to reclaim their dominance. This season has proven that sometimes experience isn’t always the answer.
As Manchester United’s class of 92 showed, it is possible to win things with kids. That said, if Celtic are looking for a light dose of experience in the transfer market, Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri could be an option.
That was the opinion of Kevin Phillips who revealed Celtic should consider signing him on temporary terms after the Switzerland international instructed his agent to find him a new club.
Phillips told Football Insider: “A loan move could work out for Celtic financially.
“Shaqiri has got a lot of quality and I think he would shine up in that league. That would be a great signing for Celtic so long as they did not have to break the bank to get him in.”
The 29-year-old has so far enjoyed a glittering career, playing for the likes of Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and now Liverpool.
He has only played 13 times in the Premier League this season but it’s hard to ignore Shaqiri’s qualities.
A creative menace, he could be a direct replacement for Moi Elyounoussi once his loan spell at Parkhead comes to a conclusion.
The Norway international has been an inconsistent figure of late, scoring just one goal in his last 11 league outings. Despite that form, he will be a loss to the new manager at Celtic.
Like Shaqiri, the Southampton loanee is capable of playing on the flanks and through the middle. Though, he isn’t as productive in front of goal.
Instead, he could offer a more creative threat to the Hoops. Described as a player with “breathtaking technique” by The Athletic’s James Pearce, the £80k-per-week earner has a habit of carving out chances.
Despite his lack of game time this term, the Swiss attacker has recorded 1.3 key passes per game for Liverpool, adding to the two per match he’s managed in World Cup qualifying.
If we compare his club form to those at Celtic, only David Turnbull, Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor and Greg Taylor have managed more chance creations.
Although Celtic should be thinking of moving away from players reaching the latter stages of their career, it would be hard to say no to Shaqiri.
The experience he’s gained at the very highest level could be game-changing as the Hoops bring through the next generation.