Should Celtic consider Zach Clough with Nottingham Forest future uncertain?

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and RSC Anderlecht at Celtic Park on December 5, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Zach Clough has barely featured for Nottingham Forest this season but could Celtic offer an escape route?

Zach Clough of Nottingham Forest in action during a pre-season friendly match between Notts County and Nottingham Forest at Meadow Lane on July 19, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Four-time league title winner Davie Provan made a good point when he told the Scottish Sun that Celtic are lacking a natural number ten.

For all of Celtic’s talented wingers and their dynamic midfielders, the champions don’t really have a typical playmaker who can create chances and score goals from a central position.

So while a new centre-half appears to be Brendan Rodgers’ priority during the January transfer window, it will be interesting to see whether Provan’s comments give the Celtic boss food for thought – particularly as speculation is intensifying that Zach Clough could be on his way out of Nottingham Forest in January.

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.

Forest paid £3 million to sign the pint-sized playmaker at the start of the year from Bolton Wanderers but he has struggled for opportunities this season, starting barely any Championship games under Mark Warburton.

And the Nottingham Post claims that Bolton want to re-sign Clough on loan in January – and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Forest could let the 22-year-old go with Everton loanee Kieran Dowell preferred in the number ten role.

Zach Clough of Nottingham Forest gives orders during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrews (stadium) on November 18, 2017 in Birmingham,...

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers knows how good the diminutive Clough can be, the then-teenager starring in a 2015 FA Cup tie against his Liverpool side. Bet Victor even had Celtic as second favourites to sign him in the summer of 2016.

And Clough would certainly fill a gap in Celtic’s squad, a clever and creative number ten blessed with dextrous dribbling skills and instinctive vision.

So if Forest make him available in January, Celtic must at least consider bringing a player with huge potential to Parkhead.

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