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For Celtic, not even a sensational transfer window would likely allow them to close the gap with the Rangers.
The Gers are currently 21 points ahead of Neil Lennon’s team seemingly sinking without a trace.
The late goal that Celtic conceded to Hibernian on Monday night almost summed things up. With 13 The players and Neil Lennon self-isolated themselves as a precaution after a positive test, they lost points again.
This season has been a disastrous one for the Hoops, and Peter Lawwell could inflict further suffering on the club by sanctioning a transfer for Adam Reach.
Earlier this week my colleague VJ explained why he thinks Reach would be a good addition to Celtic, but I totally disagree with his point of view and here is why.
Reach, who currently plays for Sheffield Wednesday, is available on a free transfer and his contract expires this summer.
Celtic and Rangers are reportedly They both monitor their situation in order to offer Reach a contract. However, it’s hard to suggest for a moment that this would be a good signing for The Hoops.
Would Adam Reach be a good signing?
All you need to do is look at the statistics. The extreme may have contributed to four goals of this campaign, but beyond that, there are numbers that support what your eyes see when you look at it. There is a lack of constant threat and penetration in the last third.
As a winger, your main job should be to create chances and beat your marker, but Reach doesn’t usually do any of them on a regular basis. For the Owls this season, he managed 0.5 key passes per game and only 0.5 dribbles per game.
For context, those counts are both down both Scott Brown, midfielder, and Kristoffer Ajer, central, on the Celtic side. That’s incredibly damning when you consider that they both play defensive roles. In addition, the number of dribbles he manages per game is identical the aforementioned Celtic players.
Now, with that in mind, we don’t need to say much more. Reach is a winger but lacks consistency and at times he can’t seem to even handle the basic fundamentals of someone playing on the flanks.
Yes, the Hoops enjoy more possession in the SPFL than Sheff Wed in the Championships, but it says a lot about how average Wednesday’s winger is as an attacking force when their stats are on par with Brown and Ajer.
Reach scored against Exeter in the FA Cup last weekend, but their performance beyond that was pretty poor, especially against a League Two team. Lost possession of an unforgivable twenty-one times, the highest quarter of his team, and completed only 73% of their passes. Not exactly good numbers against a League Two club.
Even though it would have cost Lawwell absolutely nothing, this would be a poor acquisition. Reach, who wins £ 23k per week, is not good enough and has done little this quarter to convince us that it would be consistent enough to deliver products at Parkhead.
If Celtic want to close the gap at the top and rediscover their dominance, they must forget about Wednesday’s attacker and look for better options.