Joe Allen could have added plenty to Celtic’s midfield next season

As reported by The Telegraph, Celtic target Joe Allen is set to sign a contract at Stoke City despite their relegation from the English Premier League.

What’s the story?

The Mirror reported at the end of last month that Brendan Rodgers was showing interest in bringing the player to the Scottish Premiership, with his future at Stoke in doubt.

However, it appears he is willing to pledge himself to the promotion fight under new Stoke boss Gary Rowett.

That’s according to The Telegraph, who say that the club are determined to keep him by ensuring that a relegation pay-cut clause in his current deal doesn’t put him off staying around.

The paper say a new contract is set to be signed when the player returns from his close-season holiday.

What are the Hoops missing out on?

Despite reports noting Rodgers’ interest in his former player, the prospect of Celtic signing Allen was always slim, but it’s interesting to think about what a player of his standard would bring to the Hoops.

It’s clear that Rodgers’ side have more than enough about them to dominate Scottish football but aside from one or two select results last season, have been shown to be far off the pace when it comes to European football.

A player like Allen could have addressed that deficit, possessing the technical ability and having the experience to help out their midfield massively against that step up in competition.

The Welshman may be off the table, but can Celtic bring in that kind of quality in midfield and defence this summer to complement what is an excellent attack?