Brendan Rodgers needs a Plan B up front

By Connor Gordon

December 7, 2018

Brendan Rodgers must sign a new striker in January as a much needed ‘Plan B’ up front.

This is coming after a dismal recent run by the only two strikers at the club’s disposal.

The Northern Irishman doesn’t have another option rather than play Odsonne Edouard or Leigh Griffiths depending on which player looks the most up for it.

Celts will reap rewards with competition

The reason Celtic were able to complete last season’s double treble was due to the competitiveness up front.

Rodgers was able to call upon Edouard, Griffiths and Moussa Dembele to lead the line.

Moussa Dembele’s transfer brought Celtic’s striker tally down to two. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Dembele’s move to Lyon, The Bhoys are now left with only Griffiths and Edouard. If two strikers weren’t hitting targets, then the other striker would step in amicably.

The manager must go to the transfer market to find that third striker again.

Fans won’t be asking to sign another £9 million man like Edouard, but someone who is competent and able to bide his time will do.

Why has hotshot not featured more?

Some fans will say the club do have that third striker already in young Jack Aitchison.

The 18-year-old already has a Premiership goal to his name and is tearing it up in the youth sides.

Jack Aitchison is tipped to be Celtic’s next big youth star. (Photo by Lukasz Sobala/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

Perhaps Rodgers believes the Scotland under-19 international will develop better playing youth football rather than bit part games behind Edouard and Griffiths.

Aitchison was loaned in the summer temporarily to Dumbarton but failed to score in four appearances.

Old head should be the key for Rodgers

What Celtic are maybe needing as a third striker is a seasoned veteran of some calibre. Someone with experience but still has the physical attributes to compete in Scotland and Europe, if required.

However, fans will gripe if said player comes from the ranks of the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic fans will hope next veteran striker won’t come from the same crop as the last. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

Whoever that new striker would be has an important job on their hands. They must be competitive but must understand that they are behind two capable attackers.

What is for sure is Rodgers doesn’t have a Plan B and the goals are drying up.

Failure to address this could lead other teams to jump ahead in the Premiership.