Open up Celtic’s squad list heading into next season and there are a number of players you could reel off as potential departures from Parkhead.
Speaking about Celtic’s transfer business this summer, Frank McAvennie told Football Insider where he thought the Hoops would definitely strengthen. This came after he was quizzed about the club’s interest in Peterborough forward Siriki Dembele.
Posh director Barry Fry told Football FanCast’s sister site This is Futbol this week that the 24-year-old would be allowed to leave if the right offer came in, with the attacker’s contract due to expire in 2022.
With the fear of Edouard leaving also, there was only one area McAvennie was ever going to stress as a priority.
“Celtic are going to buy a decent striker,” the pundit began.
“If it was a choice between Rangers and Celtic, obviously I want him [Dembele] to sign for Celtic. But if his brother isn’t getting a game, I’m not sure how he could convince Siriki to come.”
It’s exciting to hear that Celtic will probably sign a striker in the coming months.
After all, these are the additions supporters crave. Everyone loves to see a natural born goal scorer arriving and elevating their chances of success.
That said, with Edouard almost through the door at Leicester, Dominic McKay will need to act soon on finding a replacement.
Josh King has been touted but the club have run into troubles over his signature with Norwich and teams in Turkey pursuing him as well. Available on a free transfer, it would be a cost-effective way to replace their exit-bound Frenchman.
Dembele wouldn’t cost the earth either with only one year left on his contract but, as McAvennie states, it could be hard to tempt him into a switch north of the border.
His brother Karamoko has had a troubled few years in Glasgow with opportunities hard to come by. He finally scored his first senior goal in the 4-0 win over St Johnstone recently but was rather bizarrely left out of the starting XI on the final day of the campaign against Hibernian.
Thus, it could come down to the type of review Siriki is given by his sibling.
It’s hard to deny that Celtic’s rising teenager hasn’t been well looked after in the reserves but, at first team level, it’s a different story. He will be the first one to tell the Peterborough forward that things aren’t always easy in Scotland.
Therefore, McKay must act swiftly to draw up a lengthy list of targets. Signing a ‘decent striker’ is one thing; replacing Edouard is a different task altogether.