Will missing out on Lovro Majer be Rodgers' biggest Celtic regret?

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic gives his team instructions during the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have missed their chance to sign Croatian youngster Majer with Manchester City allegedly keen.

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic celebrates with the Scottish Cup Trophy following the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow,...

If Brendan Rodgers was to leave Celtic this summer, and we are not saying he will, he would not have too many regrets about the way his spell in Scotland has gone.

Rodgers has led Celtic to an historic double treble, he broke the record for the longest unbeaten domestic run in Scottish football history, while the likes of Moussa Dembele, Kieran Tierney and Tom Rogic have blossomed under his stewardship.

But there could be one moment Rodgers lives to regret. Missing out on a little Croatian play-maker by the name of Lovro Majer.

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic walks off dejected after the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow,...

According to Secolo XIX back in September, Celtic were closely following the 5ft 9ins Lokomotiva prodigy, a fantastic all round midfield talent who combines the vision and class of a Rogic with the energy and combativeness of a Scott Brown.

It was understood that the Hoops could have landed Majer for a bargain fee with a release clause in his contract worth around £750,000 at the time.

One year on, however, it seems that Celtic have left it too late. Not because the 20-year-old’s price tag has soared to £8 million, which would make him the most expensive player in the club’s history, but because Pep Guardiola apparently sees Majer as the long-term successor to Yaya Toure in Manchester City’s midfield, according to the Sun.

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City celebrates his side's second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on April 22, 2018...

Guardiola is perhaps the best judge of talent in world football, a man with the ability to spot stardust in the most unassuming of footballers. And the fact that Majer, who scored 14 goals for Lokomotiva, has been lined up to replace the legendary Toure speaks volumes about his talent and potential.

Celtic, then, could rue the day when they failed to snap up Majer.

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