Nacer Chadli showed against Japan why Celtic must take a punt on him

West Bromwich Albion attacking midfielder Nacer Chadli endured a miserable 2017/18 campaign in which he made just five Premier League appearances in total as the Baggies lost their top flight status.

The 28-year-old had only moved to the Hawthorns in 2016 following a 119-game spell with Tottenham Hotspur, and while he shone in his debut campaign with the west Midlands outfit, he struggled with injury last term.

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Meanwhile, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will be determined to strengthen his squad in order to ensure that his team try and make a big impact in the Champions League as well as winning their eighth successive Scottish Premiership title.

With Charly Musonda returning to Chelsea after a disappointing loan spell and with Stuart Armstrong leaving for Southampton last month, Rodgers may well want to add some more goals to his midfield, and Chadli could be the answer.

The 6ft 2in midfielder came off of the substitutes’ bench with 25 minutes left to play and his country 2-0 down against Japan, and he made a big impact by not only scoring the winning goal after a brilliant counter-attack, but also making one key passes, winning two aerial duels and completing four dribbles.

Chadli’s latest display in Russia could well mean he is in demand this summer, and while he has two years left on his contract at the Hawthorns he could prove to be a realistic addition for Celtic if he decides he wants to leave.