When Odsonne Edouard finally packs his bags and departs Celtic, a huge void will be left behind by the Frenchman.
The striker is one of the most lethal forwards we’ve seen at Parkhead but his future is in enormous doubt.
Edouard has been consistently linked with a move to English shores and it would appear that a deal is on the verge of going through.
A switch has been agreed with Leicester for the 23-year-old to leave in a reported £15m deal.
Therefore, trying to replace him this summer will be incredibly hard for Ange Postecoglou.
He could do so temporarily by luring Liam Delap to the club on loan.
Manchester Evening News claimed this week that Postecoglou’s appointment in Glasgow could open up an avenue for Manchester City’s most vibrant young players to head to Celtic for match experience.
Jason Denayer and Patrick Roberts’ loan moves a number of years ago have led to an existing relationship between the two clubs, one that could be extended given Guardiola’s words for the Australian previously.
Speaking after a pre-season friendly between City and Yokohama Marinos, the Spaniard said: “Yokohama played some incredible football and they were an incredible test for us. I knew how good they were and it was tough for us.”
MEN suggests that Delap is one of the players that could be made available to Celtic and judging by his record this term, he’d be a marvellous capture.
In simple terms, the 18-year-old is a goal-scoring sensation. Described as a “phenomenal” player by talent scout Jacek Kulig, the teenager is a “machine” in the box according to the same football figure.
Delap only made three appearances for City’s senior side this term but he was in devastating form during youth football, scoring 24 times in 20 Premier League 2 outings.
His overall tally for the campaign ended at a whopping haul of 30 goals.
Possessing pace and athleticism, Delap has the ability to burst beyond the defence in a scintillating fashion. His physical attributes are incredible for a player of his age, also housing the ability to hold the ball up and head.
The youngster is the definition of a complete forward and should definitely be considered by Postecoglou this summer.
Replacing Edouard will be an arduous task but Delap’s track record to date is incredible; he could well revive the Hoops’ fortunes next term.