Four Striker Targets Who Could Reinforce Celtic’s Frontline Ahead Of The New Season

Four Striker Targets Who Could Reinforce Celtic’s Frontline Ahead Of The New Season

With all the talk of recruiting right-backs and central midfielders, one area that appears to have been neglected in Celtic’s summer recruitment is a new striker.

Even though the club do have three recognised forwards in the squad, it must be said that there are major doubts over two of them. Leigh Griffiths will take his time to get back up to speed following six months of personal leave while Vakoun Issouf Bayo continues to suffer from injury issues.

The Ivorian has been ruled out for the Champions League qualifier first leg against FK Sarajevo, leaving manager Neil Lennon with just Odsonne Edouard and Griffiths to choose from. So are there players on the transfer market that could reinforce the frontline? Let’s take a look:

Cristhian Stuani

He may be 32 years of age but the Uruguayan has never relied on his pace. He had a superb season for Girona, scoring 19 goals in La Liga, but could be leaving the Spanish side following their relegation.

Stuani

Stuani has been linked with clubs in Mexico but could be available for €7m (£6.3m) this summer.

Habib Diallo

The Senegalese striker scored 26 goals in the French second division last campaign, and at 24 years of age has the potential to improve his game.

A few stumbling blocks to any deal happening would be the fact that he signed a new contract last month, and with reports that his club Metz rejected a €7m offer from Fenerbahce in January before his new deal, he could be an expensive purchase.

Abel Hernandez

The Uruguayan international is currently available on a free transfer, having left CSKA Moscow at the end of last month. The striker has struggled with injuries over the past few seasons but he does have a good goalscoring record overall.

Hernandez bagged 22 goals for Hull City in the 2015/16 season before the Tigers’ promotion to the Premier League. However, both his fitness record and his salary demands may put him out of Celtic’s reach.

Brazilian side Flamengo are said to be the club most interested in the 28-year-old, but it’s unlikely that they would be able to outmuscle the Hoops financially.

Kemar Roofe

The Leeds striker has been linked with Rangers in recent days, but with less than 12 months left on his contract with the Yorkshire club, he could be a target for Celtic to consider as well.

A £5m fee may be enough to land Roofe and considering he scored 14 goals in the English second tier last season, it could well be worth a punt.