Celtic must take chance to sign Bakary Sako on a free transfer

Former Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako rejected a new contract at Selhurst Park earlier this summer, according to Football.london, and Celtic should now take the chance to sign him on a free transfer.

What’s the story?

Sako made just 19 appearances in all competitions for Roy Hodgson’s side last season, but still managed to net an impressive six goals, proving why a top club should still be looking to take a chance on the 30-year-old.

The Malian international spent three years with Wolves, where he scored 38 goals and provided 36 assists in 124 games, before moving to Palace in the summer of 2015.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers criticised the club’s board after their Champions League exit at the hands of AEK Athens this week, saying that the club had been complacent by not adding to the squad enough over the summer, according to the BBC.

Bargain signing

So far this summer, the Bhoys have only spent money on striker Odsonne Edouard and have completed deals for goalkeeper Scott Bain and former left-back Emilio Izaguirre on free transfers, as well as taking new Manchester City signing Daniel Arzani on loan.

Although the Celtic defence certainly needs addressing, 6ft winger Sako has the pace and power to be a huge success north of the border, similar to Scott Sinclair after his move in 2016.

With no club having snapped up Sako, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should look to him to add extra fire-power going forward and he could prove to be the bargain of the summer.

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