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Celtic: Kevin Nisbet tipped for Parkhead switch

Scottish champions Celtic are reportedly eyeing a new centre-forward recruit amid the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Giorgos Giakoumakis’ future at Parkhead, with manager Ange Postecoglou seemingly scouring the market to find a suitable fit to lead the line.

While the title-winning coach seemingly holds an interest in the likes of Rosenborg marksman Casper Tengstedt and Joenbuk sensation, Cho Gue-sung, the Hoops could potentially look closer to home in order to unearth an ideal solution.

One man who could potentially prove an astute acquisition is Hibernian talisman, Kevin Nisbet, with the Scotsman’s current teammate Aiden McGeady having only recently tipped the 25-year-old to move to Glasgow in the near future.

The former Bhoys winger stated: “If he carries on playing the way he has been, there will be no shortage of suitors. I don’t want to be talking him into a move away from Hibs, but it’s only natural that these things happen.

“England or Celtic or Rangers? I don’t know but he’s been really good from what I’ve seen so far.”

The former Dunfermline striker was reportedly a target for Postecoglou and co back in the summer of 2021, with a fee of around £3m having been mooted as the Old Firm outfit sought to replace Odsonne Edouard in the attacking ranks.

Although no such move occurred, the Scottish Premiership giants could revive that interest and heed McGeady’s recommendation to make a fresh approach this month, with the ten-cap machine having showcased his class for Lee Johnson’s side in recent times.

Despite enduring a lengthy stint out with injury, the Glasgow-born ace has made a remarkable return to action of late with five goals in just five top-flight games, having previously caught the eye after scoring 14 league goals during the 2020/21 campaign.

Should Celtic snap up the 5 foot 11 ace in the near future, the hope would be that he could emulate another man with Hibs connections to have thrived at Paradise in Leigh Griffiths, with the latter man having joined the club back in January 2014, after previously spending time on loan in the capital from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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That spell at Easter Road saw the Leith-born ace notably score 23 goals in just 36 league games in the 2012/13 campaign, before continuing that hot streak at Celtic Park, memorably netting 31 goals in just 34 league games during the 2015/16 season to illustrate his poaching prowess.

Although Griffiths’ time ultimately ended in sour fashion – as he was eventually released in the summer of 2022 after falling way down the pecking order – he still boasted a haul of 123 goals across all competitions in his eight-year stay, winning seven league titles in that time.

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That illustrates that the former Scotland international clearly made an impact for a time with the Hoops, with the hope being that Nisbet can emulate that success, having previously been tipped to do so by pundit Frank McAvennie:

“He’s going to become more like Griffiths. I think he will be, and I think he’s a good player already.”

The “wonderful” talent – as lauded by McAvennie – would clearly help to bolster Postecoglou’s firepower.