Celtic face a crucial January window as they look to battle on three fronts during the second-half of the season – and it would be no surprise if Neil Lennon’s priority was signing a new striker.
Odsonne Edouard has been outstanding this season. But the Hoops appear to lack depth in the final third, and signing a new goalscorer could be extremely important with Rangers threatening to push the Bhoys all the way this term.
One player that Celtic have been linked with is Andraz Sporar. The Sun on Sunday (29/12; page 55) suggested at the weekend that the Scottish Premiership champions want the Slovan Bratislava man.
It was noted however, that they are facing a fight with Bristol City for the £3.5 million-rated 25-year-old, who has scored 17 goals in 17 games in the league and Europa League this season.
Of course, other sides may also be interested next month. But perhaps Celtic have received a potential boost in their pursuit of Sporar – thanks to Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.
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Bristol Live has claimed that the Robins are leading the race to sign Nketiah on loan. The youngster is set to be recalled from his spell at Leeds United by the Gunners, and Lee Johnson’s men are confident that they will be the ones to secure his signature.
With Nketiah joining, it would be a big surprise if Bristol City remained in the hunt for Sporar. It is a gamble to spend £3.5 million in the winter window, particularly as they already have a number of forward options.
And given how Nketiah’s spell at Leeds has played out, it would make sense if Arsenal asked for guarantees regarding his playing time before letting him head to Ashton Gate.
So if Nketiah heads to Bristol City, it would surely be a safe bet to assume that Celtic will have a clearer path to Sporar’s signature.
Based on his record this season, that could make a huge difference as the Hoops look to bounce back from their weekend setback.