After yet another successful season in the Scottish Championship and under new management in Brendan Rodgers, Celtic will be in the market this summer to ensure they try and make a name for themselves in Europe in the next few seasons. Celtic have appointed former Liverpool and Swansea boss Rodgers to try and take them to the next level. Once again Celtic finished the season as Champions and also reached the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup semi-finals. We take a look at three players Rodgers could sign this summer.
1 – Danny Graham
According to reports Celtic are closing in on the signing of English-born free agent Danny Graham.
Brendan Rodgers wants to bring Graham to the Hoops this summer after the striker was released by former club Sunderland last week. Graham has had a torrid time on Wearside and is now looking for a new club this summer with Celtic currently being the front runners.
The 30-year old has a relatively uninspiring goal record after scoring just one goal in 37 appearances for Sunderland which is an unsatisfactory record no striker wants.
In Grahams defence, he can score goals, before he signed for Sunderland he managed 15 goals in 54 matches for Swansea and 38 goals in 91 games for Watford which is far more appealing.
Graham who had a spell at Blackburn last season managed to find some form at the latter part of the season scoring 7 goals in 18 appearances. Graham didn’t contribute to the goals though after failing to make an assist. He did prove to add more to his attacking game, Graham managed 0.90 key passes which is a very good score for an out and out striker and a lot higher than average. After years of not nailing down a spot, his form at Blackburn did seem as if he was enjoying his football again.
It’s fair to say Graham has had some purple patches in his career, but his lack of goals is still a worry for clubs interested, his goal-scoring form has seen him shipped out many times on loan after failing to nail down a starting spot. Rodgers may feel he can help Graham rediscover his goal-scoring form, the manager knows Graham very well after signing him for Swansea in a record deal for £3.5 million in 2011.
Celtic will certainly not match his reported £35,000 per week wages, but they can offer him a break, an opportunity to reinvent himself.