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The Chalkboard: Celtic desperately need a second goalscorer this summer

Celtic dealt with St Mirren comfortably on Wednesday night, but the performance of Oliver Burke revealed a glaring weakness in the Bhoys squad that Brendan Rodgers failed to address.

Tim Weah took just 15 minutes to open the scoring at The Simple Digital Arena on Wednesday, heading in from close range after Burke had missed a great chance.

The Hoops then dominated most of the match without much reward, as Olivier Ntcham saw his first half penalty saved.

Although Ryan Christie popped up with a late goal, the performance once again showed that the club is absolutely crying out for some depth at centre forward.

On the chalkboard

In Odsonne Edouard, Celtic have their main goalscoring threat secured for years to come. The youngster is lightning quick, extremely composed and most of all he just knows how to stick the ball in the net.

You can’t survive with just one striker though, and as soon as the Frenchman drops to the bench Neil Lennon is quite literally out of options up front, evidenced by the woeful showing of Burke at St Mirren, who to be fair was playing out of position.

Even Rangers have three genuine striking options in Alfredo Morelos, Jermain Defoe and Kyle Lafferty. This is not to say that the Hoops are worse off, just that it is important to have different types of goalscorers in your side.

Rodgers brought in Burke, Weah and Vakoun Issouf Bayo in January to fix the issue, with all three expected to add goals to the side. However, Bayo has featured just once, and the two youngsters are only at the club on a temporary basis, so the problem is most definitely not solved.

People often talk about managers “playing favourites”, and for too long both Rodgers and Lennon have stuck with players like Scott Sinclair when they should have been looking to bring in fresh blood to compete up top.

Rodgers tried and failed to address it in January, and Celtic must now place a deputy for Edouard at the top of their summer shopping list. In fact, the 21 year-old will suffer if they don’t as he simply cannot keep up with the sheer amount of games that comes with being in four competitions.

Look at Harry Kane, the Spurs striker is constantly picking up ankle injuries simply because the deficiencies in their striking department means he has to play every single game whenever fit. Edouard will suffer a similar fate if the Bhoys do not address this.

Article title: The Chalkboard: Celtic desperately need a second goalscorer this summer

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