Brendan Roders’ Celtic central defence is at the moment one player short ahead of the upcoming season.
Kristoffer Ajer has become the club’s first-team starter in that role and he look set be a part of the team for many years to come.
However, the 20-year-old’s long-term partner long-term future is yet to be decided, as current centre-back Dedryck Boyata doesn’t seem like a player who will be at the club for many years to come.
In such a scenario, West Ham United’s Declan Rice might be available and would be an idea partner for Ajer. Rice broke into the Hammers first-team last season, and he is current dispute with Irons, after registering 31 appearances for the Premier League club.
The Daily Mail recently reportedthat Rice turned down a deal worth in the region of £8,000 a week, and he is current earning £3,000 a week with the Hammers.
He could be guarantee twice of the fee he wants with the Hammers, especially on a player who could be then sold on for millions in a few years time if he continues playing and performing at the level he is current on.
He will earn good money joining Celtic this summer, whilst also having the chance of playing in the Champions League and no doubt continued to registered game time with the Republic of Ireland.
The only snag could be the fact that his contract runs out in two years time, but if West Ham continue to offer deals he feels aren’t acceptable the chances of Rice remaining at the club seems slim.
Brendan Rodgers and the Hoops board should be keeping a close eye on events at the Olympic Stadium, as doubts continue about Rice’s future.