Does QPR's Steven Caulker still fit the bill for Brendan Rodgers' Celtic?

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic were linked with a move for Steven Caulker in the summer with the defender aiming to get his career back on track.

Steven Caulker of QPR in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Queens Park Rangers at Craven Cottage on October 1, 2016 in London, England.

On paper, Steven Caulker could be the affordable and available centre-back signing Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for in the New Year, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

Not only is the QPR centre-back out of contract at the end of this season and therefore possibly available on a cut-price deal in January, it appears that his future lies away from Loftus Road.

And with Rodgers refusing to rule out bringing his former Swansea City loanee to Parkhead back in June, according to the Daily Record, Caulker may be someone worth considering in the mid-season transfer window – particularly with Rodgers eyeing a defender.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

But with Caulker struggling with injuries in the first half of this season, the last of his two Championship appearances coming back in September, you wonder whether January is too early for the former England international to reunite with Rodgers north of the border.

Rodgers understandably wants defenders who will be fit and available in the second half of the season with Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko all suffering with their own injury issues of late.

But Caulker has made just 15 league starts in the last two-and-a-half seasons and would represent a major risk for The Hoops.

Steven Caulker of QPR is challenged by Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal at Loftus Road on March...

If Rodgers really is considering offering a lifeline to the one-time Tottenham Hotspur starlet, perhaps it would make more sense to revisit this potential deal in the summer – when Caulker will be out of contract and free to embark on a full pre-season.

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