Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers won't have better chance to sign Kryiakos Papadopoulos

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,...

Greek international defender Kryiakos Papadopoulos is likely to leave Bundesliga giants Hamburg but will Scottish Premiership champions Celtic make a move?

Hamburg's German keeper Christian Mathenia (L) talks to Hamburg's Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos  during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayern Munich vs...

Hamburg have never been relegated from the Bundesliga but that looks set to change. The so-called ‘dinosaur’ are eight points adrift of the relegation play-off place and are staring extinction right in the face.

And, just to make matters worse, the club is in dire straits off the field too, meaning many of their key players will be sold in the summer. According to Hamburger Morgenpost, the popular Greek centre-back Kryiakos Papadopoulos is one of those the club will look to cash in on.

Though it will interesting to see whether Celtic take advantage. After all, Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers is a big fan of Papadopoulos and was very hopeful of bringing him to Liverpool in the summer of 2015, when the defender was still at Schalke, as reported by The Mirror.

Celtic's head coach Brendan Rodgers talks during a press conference in Brussels on September 26, 2017 on the eve of the Champions League group B) football match against RSC Anderlecht.

It is understood that Rodgers had scouted him extensively over the previous couple of seasons, only for the highly-rated stopper to join Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen instead.

And though Papadopoulos has two years remaining on his current Hamburg deal, the club’s precarious financial predicament means they will likely be forced to sell him on the cheap.

That is where Rodgers’ current club, Celtic, come in.

Hamburg's Greek defender Kiriakos Papadopoulos and Schalke's Swiss midfielder Breel Embolo vie for the ball during the German First division Bundesliga football match between Schalke 04...

The backline has been a constant source of worry for Hoops fans of late and, judging by how Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata performed in the topsy turvy 3-2 Old Firm win against Rangers on Sunday, defensive reinforcements are a must.

And though Papadopoulos hasn’t quite lived up to expectations and developed into one of Europe’s top defensive talents, he is just 26 years of age and has a long career ahead of him. For everyone involved, perhaps now is the time he finally joins forces with Rodgers.

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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