Should Celtic consider bargain move for free agent Glen Johnson?

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown Training Centre on April 27, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Right-back was arguably a weakness for Celtic this past season, so perhaps Brendan Rodgers should consider a move for the Englishman.

Brendan Rodgers, manager of Celtic looks on ahead of the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Given the way that Brendan Rodgers has superbly handled the expectations since arriving at Celtic in 2016, it would be absolutely no surprise if the Hoops boss felt that his squad still needed strengthening this summer after a campaign which ended in the Bhoys winning their second domestic Treble in as many years.

There are few areas that Celtic need to improve, but perhaps right-back would be one position that Rodgers may hoping to bolster over the coming months with Mikael Lustig often struggling to find his best form. 


Mikael Lustig of Celtic urges his team forward during the Betfred League Cup Final between Celtic and Motherwell at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jack Hendry was occasionally used in the role following his January move, but his form hints that he is still some way off being the finished article - and it is probably a similar story for Anthony Ralston - while it would shock no-one if Cristian Gamboa's Parkhead spell came to an end during this window. 

Lustig may perhaps get back to his best next term, but with a World Cup on the horizon and a Champions League qualifying campaign beginning not long after, the Swede may not get too long to recharge the batteries - and that may prove detrimental to his chances of regaining his best form.

Theo Walcott of Arsenal takes on Glen Johnson of Stoke City during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Britannia Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Stoke on...

So perhaps Rodgers should consider a bargain deal to bring Glen Johnson to Parkhead following his release from Stoke City. The 33-year-old was earning £30,000-a-week at the bet365 Stadium, according to Spotrac, so would certainly not be out of the Hoops' price range, especially if he took a pay-cut at his next club.

Johnson was a key player at Liverpool following Rodgers' arrival at Anfield, with the Englishman making 29 appearances in the Premier League in the campaign that saw the Reds come desperately close to clinching the league title.

The full-back could certainly play an important role for the Hoops if Rodgers did target a reunion and would certainly take a lot of the pressure off Lustig and the youngsters pushing for a first-team spot. And with wages the only aspect of the deal that is going to have an impact on Celtic's bank balance, there seems little reason why the Bhoys should not weigh up a potential bid for the experienced former international.

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