Celtic will have to be smart this summer. The club have a very strong squad, winning the Scottish Premiership and the League Cup in their very first season together, while dealing with a series of injuries to some of their key players during the campaign. Thus, one would expect them to become even better next season.
At the same time, with the Scottish crown to defend against Rangers and Champions League football to play for after years, the club cannot rest on their laurels and do nothing, in the hope that the team will improve next season.
Thus, some additions are necessary but not too many at the same time. One role Celtic need to fill is the one Nir Bitton played for the Hoops, before leaving in the summer. The Israeli was someone capable of playing in multiple positions all over the pitch.
Celtic should have their eyes on Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu. The Wales international has been on loan for several seasons and one at Parkhead could make sense for all parties involved.
Celtic set to target Chelsea player on loan this summer
Although Ampadu may never have managed to establish himself in the Chelsea first team, he has had some promising loan spells. He has also been part of the Wales national team image for quite a while.
He was involved in back-to-back relegation seasons, with Sheffield United and Venezia, but that allowed him to play a decent amount of football in the Premier League and Serie A respectively, and should have gone far in his overall standings. development as a player.
Ampadu had made several appearances for Chelsea as a teenager and seemed destined to be a regular in the future, but never had many chances afterwards, which shouldn’t come as a huge surprise given the how often the club changes managers.
He is capable of playing at centre-back, as a central midfielder and as a defensive midfielder. This versatility would make him a great addition for Celtic and go a long way to replacing Bitton in the squad.
On the other hand, a loan move would also make sense for the player. He could play a lot in the Premiership and there is also the dangling carrot of Champions League football.