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Celtic should reignite Martin Boyle chase

Celtic could find life rather difficult in the transfer window this summer.

As well as facing the prospect of losing some of their star players, the Hoops may not have a great deal to spend on bringing in new faces to Parkhead.

On the chalkboard

One area where Celtic should look at strengthening this summer is on the wings.

Mohamed Elyounoussi will be heading back to Southampton after his 17-goal loan spell in Paradise while Ryan Christie hardly set the world alight in a wide area this season. He scored 13 fewer goals than he managed throughout 2019/20, enduring a wretched campaign in the green and white hoops.

With James Forrest missing through injury for the vast majority of the campaign, Celtic lacked genuine width. They played in a narrow fashion and it wasn’t until Karamoko Dembele was unleashed towards the end of the season that John Kennedy was shown what the Bhoys were missing.

The teenager dragged the St Johnstone defence towards him on the flank and was then able to punish them by latching onto David Turnbull’s through ball for his first senior goal.

Unfortunately, with the likes of Christie and Elyounoussi often coming inside, it hasn’t given Celtic many opportunities to get in behind defences.

The solution

As well as looking towards Dembele for more of an impact next term, the Hoops should consider signing Hibernian winger Martin Boyle.

The 28-year-old has been linked with a bargain switch to Celtic this season, with a fee of £500,000 being touted. Not only would that fall into Celtic’s meagre summer budget, but he’d be an ideal player for what they need.

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Boyle was in inspired form for Hibs during the 2020/21 campaign, enjoying a devastating attacking season playing in a mixture of positions.

The Australia international scored 15 goals in 48 outings, taking his tally at Easter Road to 49 altogether for the Edinburgh club. The 28-year-old was also highly creative, providing 12 assists for his teammates.

Capable of playing on either flank, Boyle is someone who’s made an impression on former Celtic boss Neil Lennon. The forward was a key player at Hibs during Lennon’s time in charge at Easter Road as he featured 109 times under the Northern Irishman, scoring 19 goals and claiming 26 assists.

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It was a spell which earned praise from Lennon. Speaking after Boyle’s first few caps for Australia, the former Hibs and Celtic manager said: “It’s fantastic and we’re all really pleased for him. He’s made a huge impression. I got a text from Graham Arnold this morning thanking me and saying they were pleased with his performances.”

That came two years after Lennon commented: “He was bright, strong and energetic and his movement was good. His touch was good and his work rate was fantastic and it gave the whole team a lift.”

With that in mind, Boyle could surely fit into this Celtic team. They are in desperate need of finding an energetic winger, someone who’s willing to track back and work for the team, and the Australian may be the perfect candidate.

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