Gordon Smith has analysed some Celtic transfer rumours.
Liverpool's Joe Allen warms up
Former SFA chief Gordon Smith has told the Sunday Post that he doesn't think Joe Allen will sign for Celtic - but praised the club's ambition in targeting both him and Scott Sinclair.
The Bhoys are facing a huge summer, as having appointed a big-name manager to replace Ronny Deila in Brendan Rodgers, the former Liverpool boss must be backed in the transfer market.
The Champions League qualifiers are around the corner, but Rodgers has yet to dip into the transfer market. That doesn't mean that transfer rumours aren't swirling around Celtic Park, though.
Reports from the Daily Star note that Celtic have an interest in signing Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, who is no stranger to Rodgers having worked with the new Bhoys manager at both Swansea and Celtic.
Allen, 26, was in and out of the Liverpool side under Jurgen Klopp and could leave Anfield this summer, but with an alleged £10m asking price, Celtic could be ruled out financially.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that Celtic have failed with a £2m bid for Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair, with the Championship club looking for a huge fee of £6m for the ex-Manchester City man.
Much like Allen, Sinclair has worked with Rodgers at two former clubs, as they were together at Chelsea and Swansea - and so far, it seems that Rodgers is keen to land big-name players he has worked with during his time in English football.
That's a great strategy for Celtic as they look to assert their dominance over Rangers, but it's tough to complete such deals with the financial restrictions on Rodgers and the Bhoys.
Now, former Rangers defender and ex-SFA chief executive Gordon Smith has told the Sunday Post that he admires Rodgers' ambition in attempting to land winger Sinclair - but ultimately predicts that midfielder Allen won't be signing for Celtic this summer.
"Almost immediately after the announcement of his appointment, there were a flurry of stories linking Celtic with Joe Allen, who played under Rodgers at Swansea and Liverpool," said Smith. "That hasn’t happened and I don’t believe it now will. As Liverpool’s rejection of Swansea’s £8 million bid on Friday showed, his value has shot up thanks to his performances in the Euros."
"However, along with the Hoops’ failed seven-figure bid to get Scott Sinclair in from Aston Villa, it shows the type of ambition I am talking about. Rodgers will aim to both dominate Scottish football and make an impact in the European game in his time at Celtic. I think to do so he will intend to make full use of the financial advantage he holds over his rivals," he added.
Do you think Celtic can sign Allen and Sinclair this summer?