Why signing Micah Richards would guide Celtic over the line in the title race
The Hoops had taken control of the top spot in the Scottish Premiership going into the winter break albeit by the virtue of goal difference. They have played some good football over the 20 games they have played, a period during which they have lost just 4 times.
Added to that, Celtic have also played one game less than 2nd-placed Rangers. This means that if Celtic do manage to win the extra game, then they’ll be able to write their own destiny.
Even with such a long way to go in the season, Celtic have looked like favourites to grab the title while Rangers and Kilmarnock are doing brilliantly in their hunt to create an upset in the title race.
Odsonne Edouard and James Forrest have been in the form of their lives with the latter even attracting interest from the Premier League elite, according to the Scottish Sun.
While a host of players have been tremendous so far this term, the defensive unit needs to improve drastically. They’ve often had to deploy their back up defenders due to a combination of injuries and poor form.
They’ve had some extremely poor games in the league, while Marvin Compper is 33 and Mikael Lustig is already 32. They’re heading into the final years of their careers and this adds to the concern.
This is where Celtic’s interest in signing former Manchester City centre-back Micah Richards seems justified. He hasn’t played a game for the Villains in two years and with Celtic in urgent need of defensive back up, Micah could be the perfect candidate.
He has immense quality and has even represented England at international level. Although it was a long time ago, his time at Manchester City and Aston Villa have given him the experience he needs to use his positive attributes in the right way.
He hasn’t been given an opportunity at Villa for a long time now and this could be the ideal situation for him to move out. Brendan Rodgers must use the situation to get this deal completed as soon as possible as it could benefit them immensely.