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Should Celtic make a move for Bristol City's Lee Tomlin this summer?

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers' Celtic side are expected to be active in the summer transfer window.

Bristol City's Lee Tomlin in action with Newcastle United's Isaac Hayden.

It was back in 2013 when Lee Tomlin was denied his ‘dream’ move to Celtic.

The Bhoys made a deadline day bid for Tomlin, who was then at Peterborough United, which was rejected quickly by Darren Ferguson.

Posh wanted to keep hold of Tomlin, but Celtic’s bid completely unsettled the play maker.

“My phone rang and I was told that Celtic had bid £1.2 million for me,” Tomlin said, to the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.

“I rang the Gaffer straight away, but he hadn’t heard anything about it so I got into the car and started driving to the game.

“But all I could think of on the way was what the move would do for me and my family. It was a move that would change everyone’s life. It was all I could think about as this was a team I’d supported as a boy and when I got to the ground I had a meeting with the Gaffer.

“This was something I’d dreamt of and I just thought the manager was being horrible towards me. We had a big row and I told the manager I’d never play for him again.

“It wasn’t going to do my career any good by refusing to play anyway. It took me a good couple of months to get over it, but I want to help the club get back into the Championship.”

Tomlin ended up consistently getting sent off for Peterborough over the season, and the League One club were forced to sell him in January.

Unfortunately for Tomlin, it wasn’t Celtic were he ended up. Instead, he took a move to Middlesbrough.

The 28-year-old largely impressed at the Riverside Stadium, but a disagreement with Aitor Karanka forced him to move to Bristol City, and he has been there ever since.

Tomlin has become one of Bristol City’s most integral players since switching to Ashton Gate, but Lee Johnson’s side have struggled badly this season.

The Robins are currently fighting against the drop, and there are serious concerns that they could be relegated to League One.

And if Bristol City do drop out of the Championship, Tomlin will surely be looking to move.

Celtic is likely to still be his dream destination, and there would be some value for Brendan Rodgers’ side in signing him.

Tomlin is blessed with brilliant ability in possession, and when his mind is focused, he is one of the most dangerous players in England’s second tier.

A move to Celtic would present him with the biggest opportunity of his career, and the Bhoys should consider bringing the skilful attacker in - as Rodgers looks to improve the quality of his side in the summer.

Bristol City's Lee Tomlin celebrates scoring their first goal

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