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Why Paulo Bernardo is 'ready' for Celtic transfer and Brendan Rodgers is perfect boss for him

Paulo Bernardo is "ready" for a permanent transfer to Celtic and is a great fit for the Hoops.

That's the view of former Falkirk striker Pedro Moutinho. It's believed the Hoops are keen to bring the Benfica midfielder back for next year and beyond after a successful loan. But it's believed they are in talks with his parent club to try and reduce the fee from the £6million that was inserted as a purchase option.

It's thought Bernardo definitely doesn't have a future with Benfica and Moutinho sees the move to Scotland as one that would suit him at this point. That's because Brendan Rodgers is the manager who can develop him with the help of Champions League.

Speaking to the The Celtic Way, he said: "He does need to play more consistently to reach his full potential. He is ready now but there is a lot of improvement and development to happen in his game and Rodgers sees that too. With Rodgers being contracted to Celtic for another two years at least it would be an exciting enough project for Bernardo should the club take up the option-to-buy clause.

"He strikes me as the kind of player who will be a good fit for Celtic moving forward, especially with Rodgers at the helm playing the manager's brand of football. Bernardo can play as a 6, 8 or 10 and could handle playing in all those positions for Celtic if they wanted him to do that. He is a tremendous player.

"Under Rodgers, you could see Bernardo hit his levels in terms of his potential and the Celtic manager would help progress him as a player. I don't think it would be too difficult to convince the player that his immediate future lies with Celtic. Bernardo featured in all six Champions League matches last season and bearing in mind the new look Champions League and changes to that tournament format will be coming in next season then he may want to hang around and fancy a crack at that."