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Celtic: Parkhead outfit plotting move for new striker

Celtic are reportedly looking to strengthen their centre-forward ranks in the January transfer window, with manager Ange Postecoglou seeking to increase his attacking options.

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According to the Daily Record, the Old Firm outfit are believed to be eyeing up another striking addition in the New Year, with both the Hoops boss and head of recruitment Mark Lawwell said to be keen on adding further firepower to the current forward line.

The Parkhead giants currently have Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis as options to lead the line, although further depth could well be needed having allowed £5m flop Albian Ajeti to join Sturm Graz on loan in the summer.

The report also outlines that the acquisition of a new right-back could also be on the agenda, albeit with that set to rest on whether the Glasgow side decide to cash in on Croatia international Josip Juranovic, amid an apparent stall in contract negotiations.

Postecoglou can replace striking duo

News of a new centre-forward addition may well come as something of a surprise to some considering the Bhoys have been somewhat prolific in front of goal domestically, scoring 50 goals in their opening 15 top-flight games thus far.

That haul has been aided by the form of the aforementioned Kyogo who has ten goals in the league already this season, while teammate Giakoumakis has also netted six times from his 13 Scottish Premiership outings.

That being said, however, the club’s woes on the continent this season have laid bare the need for a new quality asset to lead the attack, with Postecoglou’s men having scored just four goals in their disappointing group stage campaign.

The former Yokohama boss himself admitted that his side had paid the “ultimate price” for their notable “missed chances” as they crashed out of Europe, while pundit John Hartson suggested that both Giakoumakis and Kyogo may well be thinking that they “should have done better” in front of goal in the competition.

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While the Celtic Park outfit already splashed out £7.1m on that pair in the summer of 2021 – with the latter man having cost £4.6m from Vissel Kobe, while his Greek colleague cost £2.5m from VVV-Venlo in the same window – another, fresh face could well be needed to take the club to even greater heights.

If Postecoglou’s side are to truly go to that next level and be competitive in the Champions League next time around, the difference could well be having a more ruthless, clinical presence in attack.

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