Celtic need to sign Everton’s Kieran Dowell to finally replace Stuart Armstrong

Celtic sold Stuart Armstrong to Southampton during the summer and are still yet to replace him, but they can do exactly that with a loan move for Everton’s Kieran Dowell.

What’s the word, then?

Well, after 28 goals and 25 assists in 144 appearances in all competitions for the Scottish Premiership holders, Armstrong departed for the Premier League and while Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers has strengthened his team in other areas, he is yet to get an out-and-out attacking midfielder.

The fact that Celtic have struggled so far this season at both ends of the pitch suggests they are missing that creativity and goal threat in the final third, and it is surely something that the Northern Irishman will want to put right before the deadline on Friday.

Meanwhile, Dowell made his first appearance of the season by playing the full 90 minutes for Everton in their 3-1 Carabao Cup win against Rotherham United at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, but it appears as though his game time will be limited in the Premier League.

Why should Celtic sign Dowell?

The 20-year-old failed to make the 18 for the Toffees’ opening two Premier League fixtures but was an unused substitute against Bournemouth last weekend, however it seems as though his minutes on the pitch will be restricted and regular football elsewhere may be the best option for both him and his parent club.

The youngster proved his quality with 10 goals and five assists in 43 appearances in all competitions during a similar temporary spell with Nottingham Forest last term, and as well as being able to play through the middle he also has the versatility of being more than adept at featuring out wide, too.

With his footballing brain and ability to dribble, Dowell can finally be the Armstrong replacement Celtic have been crying out for.