Celtic should sign Niasse to solve Hoops striker dilemma

Brendan Rodgers must consider a loan move for Oumar Niasse, even though the striker is yet to start in the Premier League this season.

What’s the word?

Celtic boss Rodgers is facing a selection headache when it comes to his strikers, with Leigh Griffiths currently away from the squad for personal reasons and failing to adequately replace Moussa Dembele in the summer when the 22-year-old left for Lyon.

Recent games have seen 20-year-old Odsonne Edouard and 19-year-old Michael Johnston start, but a more proven talent will be required for the second half of the season given how tightly contested the Scottish Premiership currently is.

After 18 games, the Hoops top the table from fierce rivals Rangers by a single point and will head to Ibrox on December 29 for the latest Old Firm Derby knowing whoever wins could end the year on top.

Teenage forward, Johnston, may also have netted a brace last time out to follow his debut senior goal against Motherwell, but Rodgers should take note of Everton’s declaration that Niasse is available on the loan market in January, considering Edouard’s injury troubles.

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What would he offer?

The 28-year-old has found game time hard to come by since Marco Silva’s arrival in the summer – making six appearances but hsa only featured for 21 minutes in the Premier League.

In fact, he has not managed to earn a place in a matchday squad since the start of October, but he has shown a prolific touch in front of goal earlier in his career.

While at Lokomotiv Moscow, the 6 foot striker found the net 19 times in 42 games and assisted a further 14, which earned the 9-cap Senegalese international his move to England.

Before that, the £6.3million rated striker contributed to 22 goals in 40 games while at Akhisarspor, and can play on either wing if required thanks to his ability to burst beyond defenders.

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