Celtic Set To Swoop For The “New Virgil van Dijk”

By timgarrett IN Scottish Premiership,Transfers - 19:45 Jun 8th 2018

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:

Craig Dawson
CLUB West Bromwich AlbionAGE 28Y 1M
POS DEFHEIGHT 6FT 2IN
2017/18
WITH
WITHOUT
Matches
28
10
Win %
21%
Draw %
32%
40%
Loss %
46%
60%
Avg Goal for
0.9
0.7
Avg Goals against
1.4
1.7
Mins per goal for
105
128.6
Mins per goal against
64.6
52.9
Shots for per game
7.8
7.1
Points per game
1
0.4
Clean sheets
8
2
TOTAL
11

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:

Craig
Dawson
VVirgil
van Dijk
West Bromwich AlbionLiverpool, Southampton
DEF   28Y 1M   6FT 2INDEF   26Y 10M   6FT 4IN
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
DAWSON
VAN DIJK
Starts
101
77
Minutes played
8992
6898
Goals scored
10
4
Goals with feet
2
2
Goals with head
8
2
Assists
0
Clean sheets
25
25
Goals against
133
86
Minutes per goal against
68
80
TOTAL
4
2

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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2 Comments

  1. Shaun Harkin
    Posted June 8, 2018 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Really!

  2. Denis jamieson
    Posted June 8, 2018 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Would be a decent player hopefully we’d do something but don’t know if Celtic put spend £15mil on a defender.