Celtic have endured a turbulent 2020/21 season and it is all but certain to end with arch-rivals Rangers lifting the Premiership trophy. An inconsistent run of form has driven a mammoth 21 point wedge between the reigning champions and their bitter neighbours.
Focus now shifts to next season, in which the Hoops will be back with a vengeance and hungry to take back their crown. But to do this, they must recruit smartly in the transfer window.
One man who would be a strong addition to the squad is January target Taiwo Awoniyi. Not only would the striker bolster Neil Lennon’s attacking options, but it would wound Rangers, who are also keeping tabs on him.
As it stands, the Bhoys are doing all they can to end their troublesome situation with Odsonne Edouard. The Frenchman is one of their key players, but is nearing the final 18 months of his current contract. Football Insider reports that the club have dramatically slashed his asking price in order to ensure Edouard doesn’t leave for free next year.
If, or more likely when he departs, Celtic will need to replace his raw talent and finesse in front of goal. Awoniyi is out of favour at Liverpool and is currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga. He has notched five league goals and two assists for loan team Union Berlin so far, more than Leigh Griffiths’ tally of four goals and one assist in the Premiership.
Not only would Awoniyi be a welcome asset to Celtic’s struggling attack, but Rangers would be disappointed to miss out on his signature.
According to 90min, Liverpool would be looking for a fee of about £5million for the Nigeria youth international. Whilst this is a relatively high fee for a Premiership side to consider, Gers would arguably be in the driving seat after bringing home the league title.
Celtic must strengthen their own assets if they want to take back their glory, but they must equally nullify their rivals’ chances of another runaway season. Snatching a player Rangers are keen on would be a very slick move from Nick Hammond and his entourage.