It seems a little strange to say after Celtic sealed a second successive domestic treble but there are a number of positions in Brendan Rodgers’ squad which need some reinforcement. And centre-back must be at the top of the list.
But there are surely few better options available to the Scottish Premiership champions than Chancel Mbemba.
According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United look set to sell the 23-year-old centre-back, who looked the real deal initially after he arrived from Anderlecht in 2015 for £8 million before finding game time hard to come by under Rafa Benitez.
But he has the talent and potential to be a truly outstanding addition for Celtic – and one that would perhaps take some of the shine off Rangers’ marquee summer signing.
The Scottish Sun state that Rangers have agreed a £2.7 million fee with Fenerbahce over the signing of Martin Skrtel, the 33-year-old former Liverpool defender set to be reunited with his one-time Anfield team-mate Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.
Skrtel, however, is coming towards the end of his career and his best days are well behind him. Yes, the Slovakian skipper would offer experience, leadership and a ferocious mentality but there would certainly be a case to make that Celtic’s deal for Mbemba would be more impressive.
The Congolose powerhouse is obviously a more long-term option, 10 years Skrtel’s senior, but he has huge potential that is just waiting to be tapped into by Brendan Rodgers.
The Northern Irishman has a habit of taking players to new levels, see Moussa Dembele, Raheem Sterling, Kieran Tierney and Scott Sinclair, and Mbemba has the ability to quickly become the best defender in Scottish football.
Celtic would be signing a player on the up – while the only way for Skrtel may be down.