Back in 2018, Celtic arguably spent the best £9m that’s departed their pockets for many a year.
Odsonne Edouard joined the Hoops and instantly became a fan favourite, leading the club to domestic glory on a regular basis courtesy of his goals.
The Frenchman won the league on three consecutive occasions and has now taken his tally in green and white to an impressive 83 strikes.
He has been the Premiership’s top scorer three years on the trot and even when Celtic faltered this term, Edouard scored 22 goals.
Unfortunately, there is a huge threat that he heads for the exit door this summer. A £15m move to Leicester initially looked to be on the cards but the Foxes have instead made a move for RB Salzburg forward Patson Daka.
Seeing him exit would be a disastrous start to Ange Postecoglou’s reign at Paradise. He is the club’s most important player and a replacement will be needed.
Celtic have been linked with players from Japan but they should also look towards France and Josh Maja.
The former Sunderland striker currently plays for Bordeaux and enjoyed a profitable loan spell with Fulham last term, scoring three times in the back half of the season. However, he’s returned to France where his side are looking to sell him according to the print edition of the Mirror (27/06/21).
Celtic were interested in the 22-year-old back in 2019 when Brendan Rodgers was still in charge but they ultimately didn’t make a move.
Though, with the forward now proving himself in the Premier League, it feels as good a time as any to finally bring Maja to Glasgow.
In short, he’d be an ideal replacement for Edouard. He can hold the ball up, run in behind and most importantly, score goals.
When he first broke onto the scene, Rangers striker Jermain Defoe was in awe of his talents.
Speaking to Sunderland club media, the veteran commented: “Josh is a quick thinker and if you’re that fast upstairs you don’t need anything else.”
Defoe continued: “When he trained with the first team he showed such great awareness – he knew when to pass it, had a great touch – and although he’s not got electric pace, he’s two steps ahead of everyone which means he’s got an immediate advantage.”
The forward concluded: “The gift Josh has is rare and if he builds on it, the sky’s the limit.”
Maja clearly has an excellent football brain and within those split decisions it takes to make a smart call, it separates him from other players Celtic may have in mind.
Targeted by Rodgers, Postecoglou must now consider him as well.