The summers of Glasgow’s two most famous clubs couldn’t, at this stage, be more contrasting. While Rangers run around England signing just about anyone they can get their hands on (nine players at last count), Celtic appear to have taken the more serene approach. Brendan Rodgers believes his squad is already strong and is said to only be interested in those who can add genuine quality to it.
That being said, it was inevitable that the pair would eventually clash over a target. History has a habit of repeating itself, after all. This time around the man in question is Millwall’s Jake Cooper, and battle looks set to commence.
Considering the pair’s recent records, financial situations and the fact that Celtic are in a position to offer Champions League football to potential recruits, they would appear to be in the driving seat. In modern football, however, nothing can be taken for granted.
Yet the question remains - if Celtic are to gazump their bitter rivals and sign the former England U20 international, what exactly will they be getting their hands on?
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Standing at 6’4”, Cooper cuts a formidable figure. He put his sizable frame to fantastic use during Millwall’s strong campaign in the Championship last time out and even bagged their ‘Young Player of the Year’ award for his efforts.
Cooper played a part in 38 of his side’s 46 matches, but his absence was keenly felt when he was unavailable. Shots on their goal increased, average goals against per game rocketed and, ultimately, wins dried up. Millwall won only once without Cooper in 8 attempts and performed better in almost every measurable metric with him in the side.
The Lions ultimately missed out on a playoff position by just 3 points, and it must be tempting for their fans to wonder what might have been had Cooper been able to take part in even just a handful more games.
At 23-years-old, Cooper is a perfect age. He has experience under his belt and plenty of time to improve and, in Brendan Rodgers, he’s sure to find a manager who would help him to fulfil his vast potential. A bid of around £3m would reportedly be enough to land him and, at that price, he looks like the bargain of the summer.
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