Should Brendan Rodgers bring his Reading 'Makelele' Jem Karacan to Celtic?

The Turkish midfielder has struggled to settle since joining Galatasaray.

Reading's Jem Karacan (L) in action with Jake Forster Caskey of BrightonReading's Jem Karacan (L) in action with Jake Forster Caskey of Brighton

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers iwas recently appointed as the new Celtic manager

Rodgers is undoubtedly an exciting piece of recruitment from Celtic, but what about the recruitment he could do at the club?

One player that would be a potentially shrewd recruit from Celtic now Rodgers has arrived would be Galatasaray midfielder Jem Karacan.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference

Rodgers helped the Turkish midfielder through the ranks at Reading and even had this to say about him to getreading in October 2009:

“I believe Jem will be a top young defensive midfield player.

“I showed him some clips of (Claude) Makelele to give him some tips in terms of that role and you can see him really flourishing.

“I’ve got footage I use from my time at Chelsea in terms of educating the players and Makelele for me was a terrific role model from the time I was there.

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“I’m not saying he’s going to be the new Makelele, but you learn from the best and if you just fall short of that you’ll be alright.”

Karacan went on to become an integral part of the Reading team, although his career was blighted by a series of serious injuries.

Looking for a fresh start he headed to his favourite club Galatasaray last summer on a free transfer. However, he has struggled to find his form in Turkish football, and spent the end of last season out on loan at Bursaspor.

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Galatasaray's Jem Karacan and Wesley Sneijder in action.Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Galatasaray's Jem Karacan and Wesley Sneijder in action.

A former Reading captain Karacan is a wonderful passer of the ball who is also not afraid to get stuck in – he would fit into Scottish football like a glove.

At just 27-years-old he is about to enter his prime and Celtic would be doing well if they ensured that occurred at Parkhead under his old boss Rodgers.

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