Brendan Rodgers must build for Celtic’s future by offering Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker-Peters regular first-team future in Scotland.
The 21-year-old full-back has featured just four times for Mauricio Pochettino so far in the 2018/19 campaign, but his starting role at Wembley resulted in three assists against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
Walker-Peters’ attacking threat played a part in Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura finding the net as Spurs burst into an early 3-0 lead, which proved unassailable.
In total, the Tottenham youth product recorded 75 touches, 61 passes and one fewer shot on goal than Harry Kane against the Cherries.
His lack of game time is unlikely to change, however, with Spurs linked with Norwich City’s teenage sensation Max Aarons in a potential £15million move.
The 18-year-old is having a stunning breakthrough season for the Canaries, and would push Walker-Peters further down the pecking order in north London should he join.
Celtic could step in and save Walker-Peters’ career from reaching a crossroads, with a January swoop for the England youth international valued at £2.7million by Transfermarkt.
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Rodgers has regularly called on the services of experienced Swedish full-back Mikael Lustig on the right-hand side of his defence, with 20-year-old Anthony Ralston on hand as his replacement.
The young Scot, however, does not possess the same level of potential as Walker-Peters, and the Spurs product would serve as a greater long-term option than Ralston.
Working alongside Lustig, Walker-Peters would also be able to work on his defensive skills, which are hampering his involvement for Tottenham over the likes of Serge Aurier and Kieran Trippier when fit.
By the time that Rodgers feels Lustig is no longer up to the task, Spurs’ man would be ready to take on the responsibility full-time, and at a higher level than Ralston would offer given the same chance to develop.