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Celtic could land Ian Wright 2.0 in Kevin Nisbet

Scottish champions Celtic are currently closing in on the signing of South Korea international, Oh Hyeon-gyu, although it is yet to be seen if there will be further attacking additions to follow, particularly with Giorgos Giakoumakis looking set for an exit.

Reports back in November had suggested that Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou was chasing a new centre-forward in order to provide competition to both the Greece international and Kyogo Furuhashi, with that fact seemingly outlining that Oh may not be the last striking acquisition to be made this month.

According to The Sun, one player who has emerged back on the Glasgow side’s radar is Hibernian talisman, Kevin Nisbet, with the Scotland international having previously been linked with a £3m move to Parkhead back in the summer of 2021.

The 25-year-old appears to have caught the eye of the Old Firm outfit after making a stunning return from injury in recent weeks, with seven goals in just six Scottish Premiership outings.

The former Dunfermline man had initially put himself on the map following what was a standout debut campaign at Easter Road during the 2020/21 campaign, with the ten-cap ace netting 18 goals in all competitions.

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Such ruthlessness in front of goal has even seen the 5 foot 11 machine likened to Arsenal icon Ian Wright by Hibs boss Lee Johnson in recent times, with the latter man stating:

“Ian is a really good friend of mine. If you listen to him talk now, he’s still thinking about goals. He’s 59 and he still thinks about how he would score, from little angles, little chips or nutmegging the keeper. He talks with such enthusiasm. I think Nissy [Nisbet] has it in his mind at the moment that if he gets an opportunity, he’ll finish it.

“And that’s good for us as well as his confidence levels. He’s a dreamer – the kid dreams every day of scoring goals.”

The mention of Wright may evoke bad memories for those of a Bhoys persuasion – with the ageing Englishman having scored three goals in just ten games for the club during a brief stint in Scotland during the 1999/2000 season – although the striker-turned-pundit had been a prolific presence for much of his career during his time south of the border.

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The one-time Crystal Palace hotshot notably enjoyed a remarkable hit rate of 113 goals in just 213 games in his Premier League career across spells with both the Gunners and West Ham United, while his overall tally in north London stands at 185 goals in only 288 games in all competitions – a feat only bettered by the legendary, Thierry Henry.

As The Athletic’s Amy Lawrence wrote, the prolific ace ‘fused together phenomenal finishing prowess with a hunger to chase every cause’, with such traits an ideal combination for any striker.

To be able to secure a Wright-esque figure in the form of Nisbet could well prove a real masterstroke for those at Paradise, albeit with the hope being that the Scotsman can enjoy a greater impact in the green and white jersey.