FIVE strikers to complete Celtic’s squad

Despite being thumped 6-1 by Legia Warsaw in a Champions League qualifier, Celtic will feel more than optimistic about their chances of retaining the Scottish title next season.

But with rumours that January signing Leigh Griffiths could be loaned out this summer, the Parkhead side are a little light on firepower. And if Ronny Deila is to make one signing between now and deadline day, it will almost certainly be an old-fashioned centre-forward.

With that in mind, here’s a list of FIVE front-men that would complete Celtic’s squad, maintaining their dominance of the Scottish Premiership and allowing them to compete in Europe.


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Cameron Jerome
According to the Daily Mail, Celtic have made a £2million bid for Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome:

The 28 year-old isn’t the most dependable goalscorer, having found just nine goals in his last 77 Premier League appearances. But Jerome does possess the knack to pull of the sublime – this goal against Southampton in December 2012 being a classic example:

The former Birmingham and Cardiff forward impressed on loan at Crystal Palace last season too, netting just twice in 28 outings but producing a number of important displays.

Famed for his power and pace, the 6 foot 1 striker would be a good fit for the Scottish top flight.

But the Bhoys’ interest is rivalled by Championship side Norwich, and it’s believed Jerome would prefer to stay in England:


Chris Wood vs Everton
Chris Wood netted this vital strike to clinch Leicester City a valuable point against Everton on the opening day of the Premier League season:

But after splashing out £8million on Leonardo Ulloa, it’s believed the Foxes would be willing to part company with the 34-cap New Zealand international this summer.

He’s been linked with Wolves, Fulham, Norwich and Derby to name a few, but his proposed Molineux deal collapsed, giving Celtic a fantastic opportunity to weigh in.

The 22 year-old netted 36 times in his last 107 Championship appearances, and measuring in at 6 foot 3, uses his height and strength well to bring others into the game.

Here’s a look at the former West Brom youngster in action:

Wood would be more than at home in the SPL and allegedly valued at around £2million, represents fantastic value for money.


Grant Holt
Former Norwich favourite Grant Holt finds himself caught in transfer limbo this summer.

Indeed, the 6 foot forward moved to Wigan Athletic last summer, but after netting just twice in 16 Championship appearances was hastily moved on to Aston Villa in a loan deal, which in turn saw him find a single goal in nine Premier League outings.

Thus, it seems the 33 year-old’s time at the DW stadium is already coming to a close. He was left out of the Latics’ pre-season tour squad and Mirror Football claim Uwe Rosler is willing to let him leave on the cheap.

Holt may not offer much in the way of longevity but his goalscoring credentials are undoubted. He bagged 78 goals in 168 appearances at Carrow Road, including 15 goals in 36 league outings during the 2011/12 Premier League campaign.

Here’s a look at the striker in action:

Rough, rugged, potent and available for peanuts, the former Nottingham Forest forward could be a decent stop-gap solution for the Scottish champions.


Danny Graham
Another Premier League forward caught between a rock and a hard place is Sunderland misfit Danny Graham.

After failing to find the net in his first 13 Premier League appearances for the Black Cats, the 28 year-old found himself out on loan to Hull City and Middlesbrough last season.

He’s been linked with temporary switches again this summer, with Leeds and Boro both interested. But it appears Gus Poyet wants a permanent move for the 6 foot 1 striker, giving Celtic an opportunity to muscle in:

Graham may have struggled at the Stadium of Light, but he bagged a vital twelve goals to assure Swansea Premier League survival back in 2011/12, and also found 38 league goals in two seasons at former club Watford.

The former England U20’s scoring form is patchy but he’s a smart striker who finds good positions and often lays the ball off well.

Here’s a look at Graham in action:


Aron Johansson
Celtic have been linked with USA forward Aron Johansson before, most notably ahead of the 2014 January transfer window:

The 23 year-old bagged 20 goals in 37 Eredivisie appearances during the 2013/14 campaign after joining AZ Alkmaar from Danish side AGF last summer.

Johansson is famed for his mixture of power, smart movement and clinical finishing, Here’s a look at the USA international in action:

He’s a decent contributor in open play too, as detailed below:

Aron Johansson

But the Parkhead outfit may have to wait until January if they plan to reignite their interest in the AZ star. He’s just undergone groin surgery and is expected to be out of action until October.