England's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring their second goal
Celtic should be monitoring Liverpool’s reported pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang very closely, because it could help them in an ambitious move for Daniel Sturridge.
Reports emerging from French publication Le Parisien indicate that the Reds are willing to pay Borussia Dortmund’s £61m asking price for the Gabon striker.
Should the 28-year-old arrive at Anfield, then it will push Sturridge – who started just seven Premier League games last season – closer to the exit.
Landing Sturridge would be a tough ask for Celtic. They would have to shatter their transfer record to bring the England international north of the border, while his wages would also be far more than the club's current structure.
However, the Hoops hold a couple of sizeable bargaining chips in any potential pursuit.
By far the biggest is the player’s connection with Brendan Rodgers, for whom the striker scored 43 goals in 70 Liverpool games.
Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers is a huge fan of Sturridge and told TalkSport in January that at Liverpool he "always had to find a way to fit him in the team."
That came at a time when now-Barcelona star Luis Suarez was the main man at Anfield, yet Rodgers always looked to find a space for the former Chelsea man. At Celtic, Sturridge would be in the Suarez role where only injury could keep him out of the side.
In addition to reuniting the striker with a manager he has thrived under, the club are also in with a chance of making the Champions League group stages after being seeded for the second qualifying round draw.
For a player that has not had a taste of the competition since 2012, that would surely be a very attractive proposition too.
Clearly though, financing the deal would be an issue. It's something even Rodgers himself has spoken about, again to TalkSport, it the past. However there could even be a glimmer of hope on that front too.
Celtic's Moussa Dembele in action
Moussa Dembele is a reported target of free-spending Everton, who, according to the Scottish Sun, are prepared to break their £30m transfer record in order to land their man.
Should that deal materialise, then it would obviously hand Rodgers a significant bounty with which to replace the 17-goal frontman.
Considering Sturridge’s record under Celtic boss and his likely availability, it would be daft not to consider the Reds star as a candidate.