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Celtic: Nisbet must be Edouard’s successor at Parkhead

This is the summer of change at Celtic Football Club. However, whether their mass upheaval on the field and behind the scenes will be enough to snatch the title back from their fierce rivals remains to be seen.

The Hoops have got rid of some major names behind the scenes and they now have a pairing of Dominic McKay and Ange Postecoglou at the helm.

That being said, life for the Australian and former Scottish rugby director hasn’t got off to the greatest of starts.

Celtic have been dumped out of Europe’s premier competition at the first hurdle and lost their opening Premiership game to newly promoted Hearts.

Those matches have some common themes; defensive mistakes and a lack of goals for Odsonne Edouard. The Frenchman has failed to find the net this season and has attracted criticism as a result.

Edouard cannot be accused of not trying but he does look a shadow of the man who so consistently has reached over 20 goals a season since signing for the Bhoys.

Should Celtic sign Nisbet?

No way!

No way!

Yes please!

Yes please!

His chance at reuniting with Brendan Rodgers has come and gone after Leicester pulled the plug on a move but Brighton remain interested in his services.

If he leaves then Celtic will have their backs against the wall. Leigh Griffiths has signed a new contract and the J-League’s top scorer – Kyogo Furuhashi – is now a Hoop.

There will be a bedding-in period for the Japan international, however, so he cannot be tasked with succeeding Edouard immediately.

Instead, they should look towards Kevin Nisbet, a man who’s started this campaign in the same vein he ended the last one; scoring goals.

The striker was included among the Scotland squad for Euro 2020 and has witnessed a rapid rise in recent years. His form has been fantastic and he’s been regularly linked with Celtic as a result.

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A bigger move will be forthcoming in the not too distant future but Postecoglou must ensure his side lead the negotiations.

Dubbed a “wonderful” player by Frank McAvennie, the Hibs forward has found the net on 19 occasions in 48 matches, proving he has what it takes at Premiership level.

Impressively, he looks as though he can take his game to the next level. Rising high to reach a James Forrest cross in a pre-Euro 2020 friendly, he scored against the Netherlands during an eye-catching 2-2 draw.

He is clinical in the air and has immense composure in front of goal. He may not have the grace and poise of Edouard but he is still ruthless.

Celtic have looked to other nations to provide competition to their main striker in recent years – namely Albian Ajeti and Patryk Klimala – but their lack of goals dictate that they have been failures.

Consequently, the newly formed recruitment team should look closer to home and bring Nisbet to Paradise.

If Edouard leaves, he could make or break their Premiership title bid. He scores goals and knows the top-flight inside out.

AND in other news, Celtic in talks to sign “incredible” £20k-p/w tank, Ange desperately needs him…

Article title: Celtic: Nisbet must be Edouard’s successor at Parkhead

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