Euro-Vision: 5 Euro 2024 Stars That Celtic Should Be Considering This Summer

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For many Celtic fans, Euro 2024 provided bitter disappointment as Steve Clarke’s Scotland finished bottom of Group A in yet another case of glorious failure. 

However, for many working at the club – and most other clubs for that matter – the tournament provided an opportunity to get a closer look at some potential summer transfer targets, with the transfer window already in full flow. 

Brendan Rodgers has repeatedly emphasised his desire to add quality to his squad, after a subpar window last year left the Celtic boss with a bloated squad which struggled at points in the season – Europe’s leading international competition wouldn’t be a bad place to start looking for it. 

Josip Juranović was brought to Celtic Park in 2021 after an impressive breakthrough at that summer’s championships, and given the undeniable success of that transfer, that pattern could be repeated again this time around as players begin to return home from Germany. 

I’ve therefore picked out five players likely to be on the club’s radar, in a variety of different price ranges, age categories and positions, all of whom played a part for their respective countries in the group stages.

PATRICK PENTZ (Austria, Brøndby)

Patrick Pentz
Patrick Pentz

Former Reims and Leverkusen man Patrick Pentz has played all three matches for a highly impressive Austrian side set to meet Turkey in the round of 16 on Tuesday. 

Brøndby have just triggered their option to buy the 27-year-old after a successful loan from the German champions, but with his profile greatly increasing at this summer’s championships, an instant sale could be on the cards. 

A brave, confident goalkeeper, Pentz has repaid Ralf Rangnick’s faith in him at the tournament so far, and could be a perfect fit as Celtic seek to fill the gaping hole left by Joe Hart between the sticks. 

ADAM GNEZDA ČERIN (Slovenia, Panithanaikos)

Adam Gnezda Cerin
Adam Gnezda Cerin

Those who watched Slovenia’s battling draw against England may be familiar with the classy midfield maestro that is Čerin, an absolute mainstay for Slovenia. 

The 24-year-old has also been a vital presence for Panithaniakos during his two years in Greece, boasting 59 league appearances for the club he joined after spells at Domžale, Rijeka and Nürnberg. 

Hard-working and press-resistant with an eye for a set-piece, Čerin has impressed many with his performances for Slovenia, helping his team qualify with three draws from Group C – he’d certainly be an exciting addition to Brendan Rodgers’s midfield. 

ROBIN HRANÁČ (Czech Republic, Viktoria Plzeň)

Robin Hranac
Robin Hranac

Robin Hranáč had an eventful Euros. Defending excellently at points, the 24-year-old also scored a desperately unlucky own-goal to deny his side a shock result against Portugal on Matchday One. 

His performances at the heart of the Czech defence still earned plaudits in his homeland, as he played every minute of their unsuccessful, if luckless, campaign in Group F. 

Hranác has been with Viktoria for his entire senior career, and with Celtic actively on the look-out for a centre-back this summer, he offers the club an impressively rounded option with international and European experience to finally replace Carl Starfelt. 

ALEXANDER PRASS (Austria, Sturm Graz)

Alexander Prass
Alexander Prass

Likely to be the priciest of the five players listed, Alexander Prass has been one of the standout performers in Austria this season – and when thrown in to start in Austria’s decisive meeting with the Netherlands, the 23-year-old produced a highly impressive performance, playing all 90 minutes of their 3-2 win. 

Helping his club side to a shock title win this season, Prass is an incredibly versatile player comfortable at left-back and anywhere in midfield. His energy and passing range make him incredibly dangerous from anywhere on the field, and in his outing at left-back against the Dutch, he showed that he can more than meet his defensive responsibilities too. 

Left-back is clearly a huge priority for Celtic this summer, with Greg Taylor currently the only senior option in that area, but Brendan Rodgers has always valued versatility too.

He has also shown a habit to let his full-backs move inwards – Prass, in whom Bundesliga clubs have been credited with an interest, would be an exceptional tactical fit for Celtic’s squad if the club were to pull it off. 

ROMAN YAREMCHUK (Ukraine, Club Brugge)

Roman Yaremchuk
Roman Yaremchuk

Something about Roman Yaremchuk has always seemed perfect for Celtic (to me, at least).

In a hugely impressive career so far, the big man from Ukraine has already proven that he can score goals in the Champions League, Europe League and the European Championship – he did so again this summer with a tidy winning goal against Slovakia. 

Despite having moved for more than £10 million on several occasions in his career, 28-year-old Yaremchuk’s last few moves haven’t worked out, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine understandably proving greatly challenging for the man currently contracted to Club Brugge. 

The 6ft 3 striker has also knows how to score in Glasgow, netting a header in Ukraine’s defeat of Scotland in the play-odds for the 2022 World Cup.

His decision on where he plays his football next season will be huge for his career – and if Adam Idah is not to make a return to Glasgow, this could be a tremendous pick-up to give Brendan Rodgers the quality focal point he so badly desires.

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1 thought on “Euro-Vision: 5 Euro 2024 Stars That Celtic Should Be Considering This Summer”

  1. Personally believe that our transfer business has been slow due to the euros this summer imo?
    We already have more than enough development players within our squad, where it remains to be seen if they can actually reach there potential with ourselves?
    Still, the overall balance within the squad last season wasn’t right, with the gap in quality between 1st and 2nd choice player’s in to many positions, was far too great, and hardly helped with the amount of injuries occurring also?
    Think we will be far better prepared to overcome such a situation, should it arise again next season, well we need to be?
    So reducing the gap in quality in a number of positions, has to be a target for Rodgers to achieve, in making the overall look of the squad far stronger imo?
    Plenty of players must be potentially targeted for ourselves and within our price bracket also, even if the euros might have added extra value to there worth?
    To target the CL properly, we need far better than just forming a decent team within the competition, especially when we still haven’t managed to start with our strongest available 11 in any CL match, in the last 2 CL campaigns now?
    We still can’t remain as a team that’s so predictable in how we intend to line up and intend to play in such games, from a tactical point of view either imo?
    We still need better competition within our squad, for starting positions also?
    Sure Rodgers will be trying to address these current issues that exist within our overall squad still, with bringing in players that are far more comfortable with dealing with the pressure of the demands that’s involved within a big club?
    Many such players will be experiencing such demands for the 1st time within their careers, at the euros this summer.
    We should be looking to attract such players who we can take to the next level of being involved within CL football?
    That extra experience gained for themselves over the summer with there countries, should be something we can tap into, to be used on a far more regular basis for ourselves imo?
    Players at international level, may well have to make adjustments to their games from club to country, and certainly didn’t work in Scotland case?
    Same could be applied with players joining ourselves also?
    But in Rodgers, I still believe that we have a manager with a far higher degree of footballing intelligence, to identify the players he looking for, to fit into the structure of how he wants to set his team up?
    The downside is, that these tournaments slow the whole process down for ourselves, and can bring about extra competition to secure such intended targets?
    Would like to think that things will start to become far clearer over the next couple of weeks, with potentially more targets becoming more available, when there involvement within the euros is actually finished?
    Course we could be targeting players not involved, but still think that Rodgers would regard the extra experience gained for such players, would be very valuable to ourselves within the bigger picture of what Rodgers could be looking for ourselves imo?
    Still expect a few names to be added before the USA preseason tour begins, all the same, and hopefully a number of them might have been involved within the euros also imo?

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