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Should Celtic look at Martin Kelly?

Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City competes with Martin Kelly of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on August 26, 2012...

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should sign Martin Kelly as a Mikael Lustig replacement.

Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly (L) fights for the ball with West Bromwich Albion midfielder Matt Phillips (R) during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and...

It might be the worst kept secret in Scottish football that Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig is on the decline.

The Sweden defender, who turns 33 next month, has endured an erratic 2018 as far as individual performances go and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers needs to consider replacing him in the long term.

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One man who could and should interest Rodgers is former Liverpool right-back Martin Kelly.

The Northern Irish manager called Kelly a 'quality player [Sky Sports] during their Liverpool days, so why not bring him to Glasgow?

 

The 28-year-old is out of contention at Crystal Palace, starting two Premier League games all season and only making three appearances overall, and he'll be available for free this summer.

It seems unlikely that the Eagles will extend his contract and the Celtic boss should enquire about a cut-price deal in January, and Palace, unwilling to lose him for free six months down the line, might budge.

Kelly, now rated at £2.7 million [Transfermarkt], was never a prominent player under Rodgers's Liverpool, but he would be in Rodgers's Celtic side.

Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City competes with Martin Kelly of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on August 26, 2012...

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