Simon Donnelly urges Celtic to consider three SPL stars, including £4m-rated talent

The ill-feeling around Celtic continues. Following last week’s Champions League exit to FC Midtjylland, they suffered defeat in their opening game of the season – a loss to Hearts. Celtic icon Simon Donnelly has suggested three SPL stars they should consider – including Hibernian star Kevin Nisbet.

The defeat to Hearts, a 2-1 loss with John Souttar scoring late on, was compounded by Rangers cruising past Livingston at Ibrox to win 3-0. Defensive mistakes cost Celtic. New signing Carl Starfelt was caught like a rabbit in the headlights, at fault for Gary Mackay-Steven’s opener.

Scott Bain had a howler for the winner, after Anthony Ralston’s equaliser. Celtic’s board are bringing players in, and are willing to spend – but they are going about their business slowly. Donnelly has looked to help Celtic, by suggesting £4million-rated (Mail) Kevin Nisbet and two others.

Nisbet, Boyle, Souttar – do they suit Celtic after Donnelly suggestion?

Nisbet does. Celtic have brought in players from Israel, Russia and Japan this summer but they need to remember to look in their own backyard. The club’s best players, currently, are Scottish ones. Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie etc. Nisbet falls into that category, after 18 goals last season.

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Expensive at £4million, a compromise at £3million would make sense – and he is still only 24. Donnelly has hit the nail on the head with that one, and Celtic are said to be keen. Boyle, 28, is an Aussie like the Celtic gaffer and has three goals in three games this season.

With 100 goal involvements in 240 games at Hibs, he would be a good addition – but perhaps Celtic can do better. Souttar certainly is a player Celtic should look at – going off Saturday evening’s performance. He was a rock and kept Odsonne Edouard quiet – a lot more impressive than Starfelt.

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