Celtic must snap up out-of-favour Nottingham Forest winger Barrie McKay

Having seen Charly Musonda and Patrick Roberts return to parent clubs Chelsea and Manchester City respectively this summer following loan spells, it is clear to see that Celtic lack depth in wide positions.

What’s the word, then?

Charly Musonda celebrates a Celtic goal

Well, the moves for Musonda and Roberts should have been exciting ones, but both struggled to get into the starting XI – especially in the second-half of the 2017/18 campaign – and the latter’s two-year spell at Celtic Park has now come to an end, while the former’s 18-month loan was cancelled early with the Blues unsurprisingly wanting him to be playing more.

The departures of the duo has left Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers with Lewis Morgan, James Forrest and Scott Sinclair on the flanks, but it seems he wants another body out there having been linked with the likes of Harry Wilson previously – the Liverpool youngster eventually joined Derby County on loan.

Who should he be targeting?

Well, one player he should be looking at and one that he could bring back north of the border is Nottingham Forest wide man Barrie McKay, who shone under former Rangers manager Mark Warburton at the City Ground before he was sacked, but has struggled since Aitor Karanka was appointed as his successor.

The versatile winger, who primarily plays on the left but can also play on the right, had scored five goals and provided a further seven assists by early December for the Championship club, but he often struggled to make the squad under Karanka in 2018.

At 23 years of age and with the quality he has shown in the past, he could be the ideal signing for Rodgers, who should sign a 26-year-old Premier League attacker after Brighton and Hove Albion sealed a club-record move, although the fact that he is ex-Rangers and made 140 appearances for Celtic’s arch-rivals means he would have a lot to prove to the Parkhead faithful.