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Celtic could find their new McGeady in Boupendza

When you think of the great Celtic wingers, a few spring to mind. The likes of Jimmy Johnstone, James Forrest and Paolo Di Canio are all there front and centre.

However, another is undoubtedly Aiden McGeady. The Irishman is now in the twilight of his career at Sunderland, but he was a rampant force during his stay at Parkhead.

McGeady scored 37 times for the Bhoys, playing 252 games in a seven-year association. He won the SPFL title on four occasions and won the fans Player of the Season in 2007/08.

The dazzling winger won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year for the same campaign, a period of time where the recorded 14 assists, more than anyone in the league.

Capable of beating a defender with pace, ingenuity and trickery, he is like very few players we’ve seen in Scotland. At his peak, he was described as “unstoppable” by a certain Gordon Strachan.

Celtic have had players like Forrest and Scott Sinclair take his place on the left since, but they’re now being linked with someone that could usurp them both; Aaron Boupendza.

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It’s thought that both Celtic and Rangers are chasing the winger, but they face competition from plenty of clubs in England for the Hatayspor attacker’s signature.

A winger by trade, Boupendza is currently playing in Turkey where he’s very quickly become a goal-scoring sensation.

The 24-year-old has racked up a phenomenal 18 strikes this term, a campaign where he’s shown all the wily characteristics that McGeady brought to Paradise.

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One of Boupendza’s strongest traits is his dribbling ability, something McGeady has made a living from down the years.

For context, during his stay at Spartak Moscow, the 34-year-old racked up 2.3 dribbles per game. Celtic’s target, meanwhile, has managed a mighty 2.7 during the current campaign.

To further contextualise how good he is at beating a defender, he has attempted no fewer than 109 dribbles this term.

That record is remarkable and shows he could be a force if he moves to Glasgow, just as McGeady was all those years ago.

The 15-cap Gabon international would clearly be a valuable addition. Nick Hammond and co must stomach up the funds to bring him to Parkhead.

AND in other news, Forget Laxalt: Celtic must unleash never-seen 19 y/o next term, he’s “very talented”…

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