Celtic missed a trick by failing to sign 2017 target Joe Rodon

Swansea City announced on Thursday that young defender Joe Rodon had signed a new long-term contract with the club, and Scottish Premiership giants Celtic missed a trick by not buying a player Brendan Rodgers clearly wanted in 2017.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun reported last year that the Bhoys boss was keen on the centre-back and had sent scouts to check on the Welshman’s progress, but no deal ever materialised.

The 22-year-old has established himself as key first-team player following the Swans’ relegation to the Championship, and had been linked with moves to Premier League clubs Manchester City and Southampton in recent weeks.

The highly-rated defender, who has made 12 Championship appearances this term, extended his stay at the Liberty Stadium until 2022 on Thursday to seemingly warn off Rodgers and Celtic for now.

Why have they missed a trick?

The Scottish Premiership giants surely would have had a decent chance of signing Rodon – labelled ‘the Welsh John Stones’ – had they moved for him either in the summer of 2017 or in January of this year, when he wasn’t featuring for the then English top-flight side.

However, it is a different story now and while he will remain at Swansea for the time being, the 22-year-old looks set for a big future if a club like Man City is keeping close tabs on him.

Meanwhile, Celtic do have the quality of Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic among their centre-back options right now, but with the former seemingly going when his contract expires at the end of the campaign and with the latter set to return to Leicester City following the end of his season-long loan spell, they could once again be left to rely upon the unreliable Jozo Simunovic and Jack Hendry in 2019/20.

Had they signed Rodon in 2017 or earlier this year, they would have had a ready-made replacement on their books and he probably would already be in the side right now given the quality he has shown.

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