Celtic may have finally welcomed last season’s loan star Patrick Roberts back to Parkhead from Manchester City but that does not mean that the Scottish champions have no desire to add yet more attacking quality to their squad.
According to the Berliner Kurier, Celtic are interested in Swiss international Valentin Stocker, whose future at Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin is in doubt after he was left out of their first two games of the new season.
A left winger by trade, Stocker is highly rated in his home country, amissing an impressive tally of 34 international caps, representing Switzerland in the 2014 World Cup.
However, he has struggled to live up to expectations since swapping Basel, where he won six league titles, for Hertha in 2014. In three Bundesliga seasons, Stocker has started just 46 games.
The report claims that Basel would jump at the chance to bring Stocker back to St Jakob Park but Hertha’s demands of £3.7 million could prove a little too steep.
Therefore, this could give Celtic the advantage. Though whether they even need Stocker is another matter altogether. Roberts thrived when playing on the wing last season while Scott Sinclair remains an undisputed starter.
There are certainly other areas of the squad manager Brendan Rodgers must look to strengthen first with a new centre-back and a third striker key priorities with just a few days to go until the end of the transfer window.