Celtic are trying to fix their sticky situation by asserting their dominance ahead of the upcoming transfer window. The reigning Premiership champions will almost certainly hand over their crown to bitter rivals Rangers after an uncharacteristically poor season from the Hoops.
In order to mend their problems and oil the grand Celtic machine up again, Nick Hammond has been on the hunt for new personnel. One man on the radar is Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi, who is currently enjoying a spell with Union Berlin, as per 90min.
The 23-year-old is out of favour at Anfield due to the untouchable presence of Roberto Firmino and his back-up option Divock Origi. Awoniyi is currently contracted until 2023, bringing in a handsome £60,000 per week pay cheque.
However, because he is surplus to Jurgen Klopp’s team, Liverpool may be open to letting him leave for a small fee. His Transfermarkt value of £2.8million suggests an offer in this region would be enough to convince the Premier League holders to part ways with the striker.
Awoniyi would certainly be a strong asset to a Celtic side that has disappointed many this season. A lot of talks regarding Odsonne Edouard’s exit have been swirling, so the Nigeria youth international could take his place should the Bhoys star leave.
But due to the impact of coronavirus from a financial point of view, Edouard may be forced to wait longer for a move away. As such, it is more likely that Awoniyi would replace the controversial Leigh Griffiths.
It’s common knowledge that the relationship between Griffiths and Neil Lennon is a rocky one. Last summer, the manager slammed his player for being “overweight” and “out of condition”, as per talkSPORT.
Griffiths has also been an inconsistent player for Celtic this season, sometimes popping up with crucial goals but also going far under the radar with his performances.
According to WhoScored, Awoniyi has outscored Griffiths this season, with five goals to his four. The Union Berlin ace has also recorded more successful aerials (1.4) and draws in more fouls (1.1) per game, compared to the Scot’s 0.8 and 0.1 respectively.
As a younger striker, Awoniyi has a good chance of catching Peter Lawwell’s eye. Celtic desperately need to return to their prolific form and with Lennon unhappy with Griffiths, signing a new forward could oust him from the team completely.