Celtic could do worse than keep tabs on Hibernian winger Martin Boyle

By Sean Clifford

March 23, 2021

A central bugbear of Celtic supporters in recent times has been the failure to sign any reliable competition for right-winger James Forrest.

One player who could add some much-needed depth in this position, could be Hibernian talisman Martin Boyle.

Excelling over the last few years in the green and white, the Australian could provide a potent threat to an attack that has struggled for inspiration this campaign. 

Arguably the best player in Scotland outside of Glasgow, the 27-year-old has been in sparkling form for the Edinburgh side. In 32 Scottish Premiership outings, he has registered 11 goals whilst assisting seven times [Transfermarkt].

Revered due to his pace and ability to latch onto through balls, he has struck fear into defenders up and down the country. He’s also been linked with Parkhead in the past [Scottish Sun].

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Celtic could do worse than reignite Martin Boyle interest

Adept at bursting past his marker, his unpredictability would suit the Hoops style of football. Intriguingly, Boyle has also deputised regularly as a striker in 2020/21. This could bode well as Celtic are likely to make tweaks to their forward options, with the likes of Odsonne Edouard set to depart the club.

Averaging 2.3 shots per game, Boyle is frequently involved in offensive patterns of play [WhoScored]. Fundamentally, this would improve if he was surrounded by better players at Parkhead. Celtic could easily squeeze 15-20 goals from the tricky winger over the course of a season.

Hibernian winger Martin Boyle (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

It’s not one that would have all supporters on board. Many will feel the club should be going for a higher class of player. But you cannot argue with Boyle’s pace, energy, and domestic influence.

Celtic have had far too many pretenders in the right-wing area. The likes of Marian Shved and Lewis Morgan, for example, haven’t been able to cut it.

Given how lacklustre the Hoops forward line has been this season, Boyle could be an excellent alternative moving into 2021/22 for the Celts. Perhaps not as an immediate starter, but every squad needs back-up options.

In other news, Celtic have been urged to move for a Euro 2020-bound goalkeeper who’s reportedly open to the prospect.