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Celtic should consider free agent Wilfried Bony to solve striker injury crisis


Celtic should consider free agent Wilfried Bony to solve striker injury crisis

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted the club may need to strengthen the striking position.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that the club may need to look for another striker to bolster their attacking options. As reported by BBC Sport, the Celtic boss admitted that it was something the club may have to look into in January as injuries to both Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Bayo have left the club short in attack. 

But why wait until January?

There is currently a free agent striker that Celtic were linked with last December who former boss Brendan Rodgers would certainly agree with bringing on board.

The player in question is Ivory Coast international striker Wilfried Bony. 


He is a free agent following the expiration of his contract at Swansea City. The 30-year-old finished last season on loan at Qatari outfit Al-Arabi but is still a free agent. The 56-cap international has remained fit by training with Welsh side Newport County.

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As reported by The Scotsman, Celtic were considering a deal for Bony in January before he headed to the Middle East. 

Former Celtic boss Rodgers never managed Bony during his time managing Swansea. However, as reported by WalesOnline, the striker was a major target for Rodgers during his time at Liverpool. A £19 million deal looked on the cards in the summer of 2014 before Manchester City eventually snapped him up for a reported (BBC) £28 million in January 2015.

Undoubtedly, this is not the same Bony who once scored 25 goals in 48 games for Swansea. However, he is available for nothing and did score goals during his time in Qatar, scoring five in seven appearances. 

He would arrive near to match-fitness after training regularly with League Two side Newport and could be an excellent back-up to Odsonne Edouard. 

It is surely an option that Celtic must have considered in their current striker situation.  

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