Should Celtic make ambitious Nathaniel Clyne loan bid in January?

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT)  Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool dejected at the end of the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on September 25, 2018...

Celtic need to consider strengthening their right-back options during the January transfer window, and the Liverpool star would be a fantastic target.

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park on September 20, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

If Celtic's 6-0 win over St Johnstone at the weekend was a sign of things to come for Brendan Rodgers' men, then that is a daunting prospect for the rest of the Scottish Premiership for the rest of this season given that they have endured such an underwhelming start and still only find themselves three points off top spot.

The Hoops must still be considered title favourites. But after letting some of their rivals get a headstart, Rodgers will be desperate to avoid any complacency and will surely be urging the board to make the kind of big statements in the January window that were largely absent from their summer plans. 

 

And it would be no surprise if the Bhoys boss potentially looked at right-back as one area that he would like to strengthen in the winter. Mikael Lustig's form has been very mixed and there seems to be regular calls for Cristian Gamboa to get a chance - which appears to be something that is not going to happen. And some supporters would be forgiven for wondering what Rodgers makes of Anthony Ralston.

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If Celtic remain in the Europa League after Christmas, then showing some real ambition in the market could make a major difference. This squad arguably has more than enough to win the domestic title, but the defeat to Red Bull Salzburg suggested that there is plenty of work still to do.

And perhaps one player that Celtic should have their eye on if they do decide to make some big statements in January is Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne, with the right-back desperately struggling to force his way back into the Reds' ranks.

Nathaniel Clyne #2 of Liverpool fights for the ball with Jason Denayer #28 of Manchester City during their match at MetLife Stadium on July 25, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

After an injury-plagued campaign last term, Clyne's Liverpool future appears to be in some doubt, with The Sun reporting that Leicester City are considering a bid for the England international, who was signed by Rodgers for £12.5 million in 2015

In an ideal world, you would imagine that Jurgen Klopp would like to hold onto Clyne as cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold, so perhaps Celtic making a loan move for the former Southampton man could be the kind of move that suits all parties in January.

With Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup, Clyne's game-time until the winter is going to be limited. His only appearance this season came in that competition, so it is not clear whether he will be able to build his fitness up in competitive games in the near future.

Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.

A loan move to Parkhead would give him the platform to get that game-time he needs. If Liverpool have any belief that Clyne is going to make it back into Klopp's plans, then loaning him out rather than selling him permanently appears to make a lot of sense - even if that costs the Reds in the short-term.

And if Celtic do make a move and Liverpool decide to accept a loan bid - it obviously appears unlikely if there are permanent bids on the table - then Rodgers would unquestionably have the best right-back in the Premiership on his books, and one of the Hoops' biggest weaknesses could turn into another reason why you still have to expect the Hoops to claim a third domestic Treble.

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