Mates rates? Three players Leeds United could take off Celtic's hands this summer

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers (R) and Garry Monk captain line up before the match

New Whites boss Garry Monk has maintained a close relationship with his Bhoys counterpart following their time together at Swansea.

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers (R) and Garry Monk captain line up before the matchMonk (L) with Rodgers ahead of the 2011 Championship play-off final

The respective appointments of Celtic and Leeds United sees two former Swansea City colleagues return to the game.

Brendan Rodgers and Garry Monk were manager and captain at the Liberty Stadium, until the former was lured away by Liverpool in 2012. And two years later, the latter replaced Michael Laudrup in the Liberty Stadium dugout.

During an interview with the Guardian in 2014, Monk spoke highly of his former mentor, admitting: "He’s someone I speak to regularly."

With Rodgers inheriting a Celtic squad of 30-plus and Steve Evans - Monk's predecessor at Elland Road - admitting the Whites' are in need of reinforcements if they are to achieve promotion next season, it is reasonable to assume that some Bhoys players could make moves to West Yorkshire this summer.

Here are three of the most likely:

3) Scott Allan

Celtic's Scott Allan in actionAllan struggled in his first season at Celtic

Having barely featured in his first season at Parkhead, the 24-year-old is hoping for a fresh start under Rodgers. However, with an abundance of midfielders on the books, Allan could well find himself shipped out. The skillful midfielder would slot right into Monk's trademark 4-3-3 system - particularly if Lewis Cook's place becomes available.

2) Anthony Stokes

Anthony Stokes celebrates after scoring the first goal for HibernianStokes rediscovered his form at Easter Road

Mirco Antenucci's departure has left Leeds light up top, while Stokes, who ended the campaign on loan to Hibernian - where he scored 10 goals in 25 appearances, is out of contract next summer and looks set to move on. Still only 27, and with a bit of form behind him, the Irishman could be a shrewd signing for the Whites.

1) Kris Commons

Celtic's Kris Commons (L) in action with Motherwell's Marvin Johnson (R)Commons (L) has been linked with a Championship move this week

The playmaker fell out with Rodgers' predecessor Ronny Deila and could yet be handed a lifeline by the Ulsterman, although reports linking him with a move to Rotherham this week suggest he is likely to move on. He may turn 33 in August, but on last season's evidence Commons has still got it - scoring nine goals and creating another 12 in 33 appearances.

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