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Three players on Celtic's radar who have had outstanding seasons

Derby County's Craig Bryson, Manchester United's Nick Powell and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Leeds United linked defender Richard Stearman involved.

Celtic have a reputation for cherry picking the best and brightest talents from the Football League which is shown in their first-team squad. The likes of Matthews, Commons and Griffiths amongst others were signed from sides represented in the Football League. 

As the summer transfer window slowly creeps up on teams, one of the more determined teams to improve this summer is Scotland champions Celtic. The 45-time SPL champions are reportedly looking to splash the cash in the summer in order to strengthen their bid in Europe next season. 

Despite the low-ranking division, the Scottish champions have shown an outstanding account of themselves in Europe over the past few years and they're determined to carry that on into next season's Champions League campaign with a stronger squad than this term. 

Therefore, we have decided to look at three players on Celtic's radar, from the Football League, who could add that extra something to their squad going into next season's competition.

Craig Bryson - Derby County

The once unassuming Derby County midfielder has been in emphatic form this season, scoring 16 goals and creating 13. A tally which makes him the highest scoring midfielder in the division, as well as the most productive. 

Despite the high number of goals and assists, it is important to note that Craig Bryson isn't actually an attacking midfielder at all. He is described as high-energy box-to-box midfielder and a driver of a lot of Derby's attacking play. Which considering the Rams are the league's highest goalscorers this season must count for something. 

Nick Powell - Wigan Athletic / Manchester United

A more recent link to Celtic is that of 20-year-old midfielder Nick Powell. The former Crewe Alexander midfielder blew spectators away in the early part of the season, often acting as the spark for Wigan both in the league and cups. 

The midfielder, turned striker has netted 12 goals and has been credited two assists in his 42 appearances for Wigan, which has significantly dropped off towards the back-end of the season. Nevertheless, the player was voted as the United fans favourite to be given a first-team chance next season. 

Richard Stearman - Wolves

The Wolves defender out of contract in the summer has been linked with a host of clubs including Leeds United, according to the Scotsman newspaper. The influential defender has missed just six games from Wolves' impressive campaign which saw them wrap up the league title mid-April. 

The Black Country outfit have conceded just 31 goals in 45 games so far this season which, besides Chelsea, is the best of any team in its relative division. The defender already has Premier League experience too, playing 71 games in the top flight between 2009 and 2012. 

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