When the summer transfer window opens, the new manager of Celtic should only have one thing on his mind at Parkhead; adding more to his attack.
This is a period where it looks increasingly likely that Odsonne Edouard will depart the Hoops and if he does, a replacement will be needed.
Edouard spoke excitedly of his desire a year ago to win ten in a row but after a dismal season for the Bhoys in 2020/21, it looks as though he’s finally had enough.
A move to Leicester City appears to be on the cards but with Leigh Griffiths also potentially leaving, it could leave Celtic particularly light in attack.
One option in the market could be Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet.
He finished as the second top scorer in the Premiership this term with 14 goals to his name, making a big splash under Jack Ross at Easter Road.
As a result of his promising performances, he’s been linked with a move to Celtic.
It’s not the most appealing of moves on paper, especially if you’re trying to replace Edouard. Though, you only need to take a look at the impact players like Kris Boyd or Stuart McDonald have had since making similar switches to one of the Old Firm clubs.
Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show this week, reporter Mark Guidi was speaking about Nisbet and a potential move to Paradise:
“He knows his way about this league, he can score goals. When you think back, we’re going back 15-20 years. When you’ve got goalscorers like that, I think they can step up. If you look at the classic example – Kris Boyd, Kilmarnock to Rangers for £400k, more than 100 goals,” he said.
“Scott McDonald – Motherwell to Celtic, £600k, handled it, no problems. So if you’ve got Kevin Nisbet available, he’s been linked with Celtic, I do think that for sure he’ll be on a list of names presented to Eddie Howe to look at and go and do his homework on,” Guidi added.
McDonald was a roaring success at Parkhead after making the leap from the Steelmen in 2007.
The Australian bagged 59 goals in 117 outings, proving that forwards can flourish after moving from a side lower down the table to Celtic.
Like McDonald, Nisbet had a habit of scoring goals throughout Scottish football before making his mark in the Premiership. The Celtic target has now had a fabulous two years, netting 23 in 33 for Dunfermline during 2019/20.
Nisbet wouldn’t just offer goals to the team either. According to Alan Archibald, the 24-year-old has plenty of qualities. Talking about his time at Partick Thistle, the coach said: “He had everything to his game; touch, strength, physicality and he was quick when he opened up as well.”
This proves they don’t necessarily need to spend big in order to replace Edouard this summer; there are plenty of jewels in the Premiership for them to lap up.