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Celtic may rue not landing Manchester City youngster on loan this summer

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Celtic may rue not landing Manchester City youngster on loan this summer

Celtic boss Neil Lennon appears to have a squad at his disposal that should certainly be good enough to mount a title challenge – despite their current blip.

The Hoops have not won any of their last three games in all competitions. And they are now playing catch up in the Scottish Premiership. So you could certainly understand why there is a lot of frustration emanating from the Parkhead faithful right now.

And perhaps that frustration may be amplified just a little further when Hoops fans consider the start Lukas Nmecha has made since joining Anderlecht in the summer.

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Nmecha joined the Belgian side on loan from Manchester City. But the move only came about after he had been linked with Celtic.

The Daily Mail reported in early August that the Hoops had looked at potentially signing the 21-year-old on loan.

 

Ultimately of course, Albian Ajeti would be the striker who would arrive. And in fairness to Ajeti, he has made a promising start to life with the Bhoys, scoring five league goals already.

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But adding Nmecha as well could have been an incredibly smart move. The striker has scored four goals in seven league appearances for Anderlecht. And he bagged a brace in a 3-1 win at the weekend.

Nmecha averages a goal every 141.5 minutes, according to Whoscored.com. And what he also offers Anderlecht is an ability to play anywhere across the forward line.

Had he moved to Celtic therefore, he could have been a player who could have bolstered Lennon’s options in a number of positions. That could have proved particularly beneficial as Lennon seemingly continues to try and work out what his best lineup and system is.

It would be incredibly unfair to criticise the decision to sign Ajeti. He has already proved that he is a real threat in front of goal.

But perhaps, Celtic should not have limited themselves to one attacking signing this summer – and should have done all they could to also bring Nmecha in on loan with the early signs suggesting that he is going to be an inspired addition for the Belgian side.

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