With Celtic’s first European qualification match rapidly approaching, Ange Postecoglou desperately needs to conclude a few deals in the transfer market.
Last week, he hoped to have a few fresh faces announced but fortunately, things are now heading in the right direction.
After the arrivals of Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide, the Hoops look like they’re on the verge of completing a deal for Swedish defender Carl Starfelt.
However, they could also look to seal a switch for English winger Bright Osayi-Samuel.
He left QPR for Fenerbahce in January but could already be on the move according to Fotospor.
They reported earlier this week that the 23-year-old was set to be offered to Monaco in a swap deal involving Henry Onyekuru.
However, Fener are reportdly expecting an offer from Celtic, as well as Fulham and Old Firm rivals, Rangers.
If you look at Celtic’s current options in the final third they don’t have a great variety.
James Forrest is currently isolating and could miss their clash with Midtjylland next week while Mohamed Elyounoussi is no longer at Lennoxtown after his loan deal ended.
Consequently, Ange Postecoglou is in a situation where he may have to field a relatively inexperienced player on the flanks instead with the likes of Mikey Johnston and Karamoko Dembele available.
However, the new manager could seal an instant upgrade on those options by signing Osayi-Samuel.
Those stats are streets ahead of anyone else at Celtic with Odsonne Edouard the leading light from a dribbling perspective, accumulating 1.6 take-ons an outing.
Consequently, it’s hardly a surprise to see Osayi-Samuel described as a player who “terrifies defenders” by Mark Warburton.
Possessing immense pace on top of that, the former QPR forward is a force to be reckoned with once he gets going.
That’s more than can be said for a player like Johnston who has either spent time on the sidelines injured or struggled to break into the first-team as a regular.
The winger only played ten times last term and although regular minutes will be important in pre-season, he isn’t of strong enough quality to help them reclaim their dominance in the Premiership.
Osayi-Samuel, on the other hand, has proven to be an extremely dangerous proposition. He’d certainly be an upgrade on the current options Postecoglou has.