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Celtic will rue missing out on Olivier Giroud back in 2010

While Celtic boast a proud history of prolific centre-forwards, with the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Bobby Lennox, Henrik Larsson, John Hartson, Chris Sutton and Moussa Dembele all having graced the Parkhead pitch, there is one striker who almost certainly would have made this list had the Bhoys managed to secure his signing back in 2010.

This player is Olivier Giroud, the French centre-forward who Tony Mowbray attempted to sign for as little as £2.5m from Ligue 2 side Tours, before the then-Celtic manager turned his attention towards a deal for Morten Rasmussen – the Danish centre-forward who went on to score just three goals for the Hoops.

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In contrast, Giroud went on to sign for Montpellier HSC in a £1.8m deal the following summer, a club where the hitman would bag 39 goals and register 17 assists over his 85 appearances – not to mention winning the Ligue 1 title in 2011/12 – form which subsequently earned the 6 foot 4 striker a £12m move to Premier League side Arsenal in the summer of 2012.

Over his five and a half year spell in North London, the now-35-year-old who Eden Hazard dubbed a “target man, maybe the best in the world” went on to score a colossal 105 goals and provide 41 assists over 253 appearances, as well as lifting the FA Cup on three separate occasions with the Gunners.

An £18m move to Chelsea in January 2018 followed for the Frenchman, scoring 39 goals and notching 14 assists over 119 outings for the Blues, in which time the striker won both the Europa League and Champions League.

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However, the £2.25m-rated hitman’s achievements have not been limited to club football, with Giroud also earning 110 caps for France, bagging 46 goals for Les Bleus, as well as the small matter of winning the 2018 World Cup.

As such, considering Celtic very much had the chance to sign the 35-year-old all the way back in 2010, it is now extremely clear that the Hoops had a nightmare when failing to get a deal over the line for Giroud.

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