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Celtic: Postecoglou plotting move for Kevin Nisbet

Scottish champions Celtic could well be targetting Hibernian ace Kevin Nisbet this month, as manager Ange Postecoglou continues his search for a new centre-forward.

What’s the word?

According to The Scottish Sun, the Scotland international is said to be back on the Parkhead outfit’s radar, having previously been linked with a £3m move for the 25-year-old back in the summer of 2021.

The report suggests that the striker’s recent impressive return to action following a lengthy injury lay-off has ensured that he has caught the eye of the Old Firm giants once again, with the Hoops said to currently be analysing data to determine whether the ten-cap gem would be ‘fit enough’ to flourish in Postecoglou’s ‘high tempo’ system.

This comes amid reports that the Glasgow side could be set to lose Greek marksman Giorgos Giakoumakis this month, with journalist Fabrizio Romano reporting that the club have received an offer from Japanese outfit Urawa Red Diamonds for the 28-year-old.

Stokes 2.0

As mentioned above, Nisbet has enjoyed a truly rampant run of form in recent weeks since getting back to full fitness, having now scored seven goals and provided one assist in just six Scottish Premiership outings this season.

That includes a stunning haul of five goals from just his last two top-flight outings, with that hot streak having seen the former Dunfermline man lauded as “the best player in the league at the minute” by pundit Tam McManus, having been “absolutely flying” for Lee Johnson’s side.

Should Celtic sign Kevin Nisbet?

No, not convinced

No, not convinced

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Yes please!

Although the 5 foot 11 sensation did endure an injury-hit 2021/22 campaign in which he scored just five league goals, the year prior had seen the one-time Raith Rovers ace bag 18 goals in all competitions during his debut season at Easter Road.

Such form has seen the Glasgow native even tipped to potentially make a move to Paradise in the future by former Bhoys winger, Aiden McGeady, with it looking as if the in-form goal machine could be edging closer to making that switch.

The hope would be that Nisbet could mirror the success of another man to have trade life at Hibs for Celtic in the form of Anthony Stokes, with the former Republic of Ireland international having thrived following his £1.2m move from Edinburgh in 2010.

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The Dublin-born menace had scored 24 goals the year prior to making that move and would continue to prove a reliable goalscoring presence at Celtic Park, notably hitting the ground running with 20 goals across all fronts during his debut campaign.

The ruthless figure would ultimately go on to net a remarkable haul of 76 goals and lay on a further 64 assists in 192 games for the club in all competitions over the next six years, albeit with the departure of Neil Lennon in the dugout – and the subsequent appointment of Ronny Deila – ultimately bringing his time at Celtic to an end.

Nevertheless, that move proved an undoubted success as Stokes played his part in five Scottish Premiership triumphs, with the hope being that the addition of another Hibernian asset – Nisbet – can be just as fruitful for both the player and Postecoglou.