Has Thomas O'Ware made himself an option again for Celtic?

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic looks on during the Celtic Training Session prior to the Group B UEFA Champions League match between Celtic and Bayern Muenchen on October 30, 2017 in...

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic were looking at Morton's former Rangers youngster Thomas O'Ware towards the end of last season.

Brendan Rodgers, coach of Celtic looks on during a Celtic press conference on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Anderlecht at Lennoxtown Training Ground on December 4,...

Celtic signed two new defenders at either end of their careers in the January transfer window. The RB Leipzig veteran Marvin Compper arrived promising experience and composure, while 21-year-old Jack Hendry is the future of the Hoops' defence following his addition from Dundee.

But Celtic might yet need another.

Dedryck Boyata’s contract expires in 2019, while Erik Sviatchenko appears to have no future at Celtic having been loaned out to FC Midtjylland in January. And Jozo Simunovic, according to the Mail, could be sold as soon as a club is willing to pay his £7 million asking price.

Jozo Simunovic of Celtic reacts after scoring in his own goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and RSC Anderlecht at Celtic Park on December 5, 2017 in...

So there was plenty of reason for Morton defender Thomas O’Ware to be excited as the Championship side travelled to Parkhead for the Scottish Cup quarter-final at the weekend.

As reported by the Daily Record, the one-time Rangers youngster O’Ware had caught the eye of Celtic’s scouts towards the end of last season after a fine campaign, which included 11 goals from either centre-half or left-back.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic is challenged by Thomas O'Ware of Greenock Morton during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park on March 3, 2018 in...

And although Celtic eventually ran out 3-0 winners, the 24-year-old gave an excellent account of himself and showed just why Scotland’s perennial champions were reportedly keen to hand him his big break.

Skipper O’Ware made one fantastic clearance off the goal line to deny Dembele, who scored twice in the win, and was arguably the pick of Morton’s players on the afternoon. In short, it was exactly the kind of display he needed to produce to put himself in Brendan Rodgers’ sights again; even if he did not get a chance to showcase those goal-scoring instincts that have helped him stand out.

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