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Celtic must revisit swoop for Rodrigo Riquelme

Celtic are incredibly busy in the transfer market at the moment with Ange Postecoglou keen to nail down his squad as swiftly as possible.

The Australian did say that he hoped he’d have new signings to announce this week and after the arrival of Liel Abada, the new manager will be a happy man.

On the chalkboard

The Hoops are working behind the scenes frantically to conclude a number of other deals.

With Kristoffer Ajer set for the exit door after the Hoops accepted an offer from Brentford, they will look to wrap up a move for Carl Starfelt.

Brandon Soppy is also a target while conversations have taken place over Croatian winger Kristijan Lovric.

Finding further bodies to play on the wing is of utmost importance heading into their first competitive fixture next week in the Champions League.

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James Forrest could miss the clash after finding himself in self-isolation while Mikey Johnston picked up a problem in their goalless draw with Bristol City.

Karamoko Dembele found the net against Charlton but it would be a big ask to expect him to start in the two-legged clash with FC Midtjylland.

The solution

If a deal for Lovric cannot be concluded then Celtic should look towards Atletico Madrid winger Rodrigo Riquelme.

The Bhoys were linked with a swoop for the 21-year-old 12 months ago but he stayed in Spain until October when he joined Bournemouth on loan in the second tier of English football.

He started just twice for the Cherries in the league as he struggled to earn regular minutes in their high-flying side.

Riquelme scored against Derby County in the Championship and also found the net against Oldham in the FA Cup.

Although last season wasn’t a fair reflection of his abilities, he’s clearly incredibly gifted.

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Speaking after the forward’s move to the Vitality Stadium, their ex-manager Jason Tindall said: “This football club has been synonymous with impactful wingers over the years, and Rodrigo fits that bill perfectly.

“He is a creative, exciting talent who I cannot wait to start working with. He is an extremely talented player who has appeared for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, and will complement the quality that is already in our squad.”

With Moi Elyounoussi heading back to his parent club, the idea of Celtic replacing him with Riquelme should excite supporters.

His strengths include the ability to dribble the ball at pace while he also possesses strong creativity.

With Riquelme on one side and new signing Kyogo Furuhashi in attack, this could be a mouth-watering combination for Postecoglou. Combine the Atletico winger’s dazzling abilities with the ruthless goalscoring nature of the Japan international and the new manager is certainly onto a winner.

After all, Furuhashi was the J-League’s top scorer in 2021 with 15 strikes to his name.

Throw Forrest into the equation as well and Celtic’s forward line already looks more vibrant than it did last term.

AND in other news, Celtic begin talks to sign “talented” £2.2m-rated machine, Ange really needs him…

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