Opinion: Celtic should move for Giroud as he approaches end of Chelsea contract

Celtic fans are loving the recent form of Odsonne Edouard, but the Bhoys can make him even better by making an audacious move for Olivier Giroud.

What’s the word?

Chelsea’s Giroud will be out of contract next summer, which means he is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with clubs in January.

The World Cup winner will turn 33 at the start of next season, so if he is willing to take a drop in wages then Celtic could be the perfect place for him to end his career.

There is a long line of cult heroes at Celtic Park, and Giroud’s work rate, physicality and knack of scoring remarkable goals could make him an immediate fan favourite.

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Perfect for Edouard?

For all the criticism he took earlier in the season, Odsonne Edouard is beginning to prove he can absolutely replace Moussa Dembele. He may not be the well-rounded striker that Dembele is now, but the youngster is certainly getting there.

However, he does tend to drift in and out of games, and having a big, physical presence up alongside him could just be that extra ingredient he needs to kick on to the next level.

Giroud has almost invented a new style of striker since moving to Chelsea – the striker who’s primary job is not to score goals. He has made Willian, Pedro and Eden Hazard look twice as good since joining the Blues, and he did the same thing for the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe at the World Cup.

He could perform this exact role alongside Edouard, but the slightly slower pace in Scotland would also help him rediscover his own goalscoring touch.

The veteran striker scored 21 Ligue 1 goals in his final season with Montpellier, and bagged over 100 goals for Arsenal. He also has 32 goals in 85 France caps, an incredible record for a player who’s main job is to support the flair players around him.

Luring Giroud out of the Premier League would not be easy, but in the last year of his contract at 32 he may not have that many options. He has bags of trophy-winning experience, a superb work rate, and he could be just what Edouard needs to make fans forget all about a certain Lyon striker.

So, Celtic fans, would you like to move for Giroud? Do you think you could pull it off? Let us know your thought by voting in the poll below…