Why Celtic need another striker to support Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths

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There’s no doubt Celtic’s priority this transfer window has been their defence.

With the likes of Filip Benkovic, Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig on their way out of Parkhead, Neil Lennon needed to bring replacements in of a high standard.

Christopher Jullien arrived from Toulouse, before Boli Bolingoli became the latest signing for the Hoops from Rapid Vienna.

Lennon will be hoping to keep a hold of Kieran Tierney amid reports Arsenal and Napoli are eyeing up the Scotland international, while also looking at the right-back postion.

In their Champions League midweek win against Sarajevo, Celtic played Kristoffer Ajer at right-back with Nir Bitton at centre-half. This is certainly something the club will be looking to address as soon as possible.

But another area they could strengthen in the transfer window is their attack, by bringing in another striker.

 

Odsonne Edouard is the main man and righty so, but he needs some help through a long season where Celtic will be competing in four competitions.

The Frenchman seemed to struggle at the start of last season as he shouldered the load for the Hoops. And it was no coincedence, fans saw the best of him with the loan arrivals of Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke, as the pair took some of the pressure off Edouard.

Burke and Weah have left the club, but the return of Leigh Griffiths alongside January signing Vakoun Issouf Bayo, on paper, should negate their departures.

But does Lennon need another body to support their current crop of strikers?



Vakoun Issouf Bayo

Griffiths has shown promising signs in pre-season, but whatever you get from the striker this year is a bonus and it’s hard to predict how many games he will play.

Bayo, on the other hand, has had a disappointing start to his Celtic career and has been hampered with injuries throughout. He’s also one for the future and Lennon will utilise him rarely, when he is fit.

 

If Lennon does fancy another striker, he’s likely to go with a traditional number nine, that he’s been known to use effectively during his time as a manager. It would certainly give Celtic an extra dimension they don’t currently have.

It would do no harm for Celtic to bring in another striker before the end of the window, time will tell who that will be though.

 



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