Celtic were not at their best for much of last season, yet Brendan Rodgers’ men still asserted their dominance over Scottish football by winning a second consecutive domestic treble, not to mention continued involvement in European competition after Christmas.
Performances on the continent are the yardstick against which the Scottish giants have to be measured nowadays, however, and the sorry capitulation in Russia that undermined the good work done in the Hoops’ home meeting with Zenit St. Petersburg highlighted the need for defensive reinforcements.
According to recent media reports, one man who the club could look to acquire in order to strengthen that area of the team is Craig Dawson, with the 28-year-old possibly looking for a new challenge after suffering relegation from the Premier League with West Brom.
A veteran of over 150 top-flight matches for the Baggies, perhaps they would have survived were it not for the powerful defender missing ten games with a knee injury last season, with the side securing just four points out of a possible 30 in those encounters:
|CLUB West Bromwich Albion||AGE 28Y 1M|
|POS DEF||HEIGHT 6FT 2IN|
Avg Goal for
Avg Goals against
Mins per goal for
Mins per goal against
Shots for per game
Points per game
Equally comfortable operating at right-back or at centre-half, bringing Dawson to Celtic Park would give Rodgers even greater flexibility when it came to switching between a back-four and a three-man defensive unit.
Incredibly dominant in the air, the 28-year-old relishes a physical contest and takes a no-nonsense approach to defending, whilst he has played a part in as many Premier League clean sheets as Virgil van Dijk over the course of the last three campaigns:
|West Bromwich Albion||Liverpool, Southampton|
|DEF 28Y 1M 6FT 2IN||DEF 26Y 10M 6FT 4IN|
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Goals with feet
Goals with head
Minutes per goal against
The West Brom stalwart may have nowhere near the quality of the Dutchman, but he is the sort of character who would be willing to put his body on the line for the cause, and Celtic could certainly do with that sort of wholehearted individual at the back.
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