Five striker signings Celtic should pursue to compliment Griffiths

Celtic weren’t wanting for goals last season – they scored 93 times in the league, 31 more than the next team Aberdeen.

Leigh Griffiths scored 40 goals over the campaign, picking up a clean sweep of player awards from fans, fellow professionals, sponsors and football writers.

However, many Hoops fans felt he would have been even more lethal if partnered with another striker at the tip of the Celtic attack. Will the arrival of Brendan Rodgers usher in a new 4-4-2 system, previously seen at Liverpool? After all, the Northern Irishman so nearly took the Reds to first ever Premier League title with a forward line of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez ahead of a narrow diamond in midfield.

Here are FIVE strikers Celtic could sign that compliment Leigh Griffiths perfectly…

Gary Hooper

Gary Hooper

Celtic reportedly enquired about bring Gary Hooper back to Glasgow last summer, before a loan and subsequent transfer to Sheffield Wednesday from Norwich.

Hooper scored 82 goals in 138 appearances for the Hoops in his time in Scotland, so he definitely has the pedigree required to be a success under Brendan Rodgers.

With Sheffield Wednesday missing out on the big time of the English Premier League last weekend, he could see his long-term future back in Glasgow and back in the Champions League.

A frontline of Hooper and Griffiths would run riot in Scotland.

Danny Graham

Danny Graham

The Danny Graham rumour just won’t go away, with fresh reports recently linking him with a move to Glasgow to play for Celtic or Rangers.

The fact Celtic’s rivals are also in for him could play a part in a decision to take him to Celtic Park, with both clubs always eager to take targets from under the other’s nose grasp.

Regardless, he could provide a formidable partner to Griffiths. Graham offers a physical presence and would be a perfect foil to Griffiths’ hustle and bustle, and Rodgers knows exactly how to use him too having worked with him at Watford and Swansea.

Will Grigg

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Fresh from a 25-goal season at Wigan Athletic, which helped the Latics get promoted to the Championship, the striker has been linked with a move to Celtic in recent days.

Celtic signed Griffiths when he was plying his trade in League One, so it’s a market they’re clearly not above shopping in.

Grigg, who is heading to EURO 2016 with Northern Ireland, clearly wants to focus on the summer before thinking about moving from Wigan, saying: “There’s always bits and bobs flying around but I am happy at Wigan and I will just concentrate on the EUROs now.”

Tom Bradshaw

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Another prolific League One striker reportedly on Celtic’s radar is Tom Bradshaw. The Walsall striker narrowly missed out on EURO 2016, having to withdraw from Chris Coleman’s Wales squad with a calf injury.

He’s scored 40 goals over the last two seasons and at just 23 he has plenty of time develop into an even more abundant scorer. With his transfer fee unlikely to exceed £2m, he’s certainly within the Bhoys’ reach.

Libor Kozak

LIBOR KOZAK

Before the January transfer window, the Daily Record reported that Ronny Deila had travelled to watch the striker in an Aston Villa U-21 game ahead of a potential move to Glasgow.

The 6ft 3″ forward is another who could provide Celtic with an alternative to Griffiths’ style. He has experience in Italy with Lazio and has eightinternational caps for the Czech Republic.

Injuries have halted his progress as an Aston Villa player, but a move to Celtic Park under Rodgers could revitalise his career.