Rodgers should look to re-sign Stephen O'Donnell for Celtic, with duo potentially leaving

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic applauds fans after the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic may need to bring in a new right back in 2019.

Stephen ODonnell of Scotland during the UEFA Nations League C group one match between Scotland and Albania at Hampden Park on September 10, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Scotland bounced back from a 4-0 thrashing at home to Belgium by beating Albania 2-0 on Monday night to kick off their UEFA Nations League campaign.

Two goals from Steven Naismith handed Scotland all three points at Hampden Park, with boss Alex McLeish no doubt delighted to see his three-man defence come through after criticism.

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One of the big debates has been how to fit Kieran Tierney and Andrew Robertson into the same side, but there is also a discussion over the best option at right wing back, with Ryan Fraser used there against Belgium.

 

This time it was Kilmarnock's Stephen O'Donnell given the nod, and he impressed in his fourth cap for Scotland, with the 26-year-old now in the box seat to make the position his own.

O'Donnell may just attract interest off the back of his international display, and one team who should be looking into signing him in 2019 is Celtic – the club O'Donnell spent two years with following a 2009 switch from Aberdeen.

Celtic have two experienced right backs in Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa, but both players are out of contract at the end of the season, and could be on the move having struggled either with fitness or performance levels.

Stephen ODonnell of Scotland in action during the UEFA Nations League C group one match between Scotland and Albania at Hampden Park on September 10, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Fans may want a bigger name than O'Donnell, but he has impressed in the Scottish Premiership and now with Scotland, whilst he shouldn't break the bank for Brendan Rodgers' side, who will always be in the market for top Scottish talents.

O'Donnell would at least be a fine replacement for Gamboa as cover for a first-choice right back, and Rodgers should certainly consider handing O'Donnell a return to Celtic if he continues to impress for club and country before the 2019 transfer windows.

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic applauds fans after the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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