Celtic must snap up wantaway Chelsea captain Gary Cahill

According to reports in The Evening Standard, Chelsea captain Gary Cahill is ready to quit the club this summer with Daniele Rugani said to be on the verge of moving to Stamford Bridge, and Scottish Premiership champions Celtic must do everything they can to snap the 6ft 4in defender up.

What’s the word, then?

Gary Cahill celebrates beating Liverpool

Well, the England international found first-team starts hard to come by last term under Antonio Conte, and his situation seems unlikely to get better under new boss Maurizio Sarri – especially if does get Juventus centre-back Rugani.

The arrival of the Italy international would leave the Blues picking from him, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Kurt Zouma and Cahill for a spot at the heart of the defence, and given the latter will turn 33 in December he could be the odd one out.

The Evening Standard says that the former Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa man is unsettled and ready to end his six-year association with the club, having won six trophies including two Premier League titles and a Champions League.

Why should Celtic sign him?

It remains to be seen what Cahill will choose to do next, as it seems unlikely that any of the English teams competing in Europe this season will want to sign him.

While his potential suitors lower down in the Premier League standings wouldn’t be able to offer European football, the Bhoys, who should make a big-money move for a World Cup star to ensure Steven Gerrard doesn’t snatch the league title away, would and they remain on course to secure a spot in the group stages of the Champions League following their straightforward qualifying win against Alashkert.

The 32-year-old could be tempted to continue playing at the highest level and win trophies domestically too, and he would undoubtedly boost Rodgers’ centre-back options – Jack Hendry, Jozo Simunovic, Kristoffer Ajer and Marvin Compper as things stand.