Daily Record journalist Michael Gannon seems pretty adamant that Celtic will add another striker to their ranks during the January transfer window.
Neil Lennon has been a little short of options in recent months and was forced to field Lewis Morgan in the position during a Europa League clash against Rennes as well as the Betfred Cup final against Rangers.
Odsonne Edouard has now returned, and Leigh Griffiths is also seeing more game time, but Vakoun Issouf Bayo’s slow start to life in Glasgow has convinced many that another option is required.
And Gannon seems pretty sure that the club will look to press on with that business in January with much on the line in 2020.
“They’ll add a striker in January at least, which will ease some of the reliance on Odsonne Edouard,” he said in a Daily Record piece. “But while the Frenchman is producing like he did at Tynecastle, no one will nudge him out of this side.”
Now, it’s unclear whether Gannon’s remark is a simple throwaway comment based on his opinion or if he’s coming from an ‘ITK’ vantage point. Whatever the case, he does seem pretty sure that Lennon will look to add to his options?
Do Celtic need a striker in January?
The striking situation is a pretty tough one for Neil Lennon to weigh up at present. It all really hinges on Leigh Griffiths’ comeback. At the moment, he looks well off the pace and incapable of properly leading the line in the absence of Edouard.
But Griffiths has a proven track record of scoring goals and, if he can get back to his top level, he could definitely be an able deputy. However, with Edouard destined to move on at some stage over the next couple of years, we could really do with finding his replacement as soon as possible.
Maybe that will come this January. But the risk of overcrowding the area won’t be lost on Lennon either. We have four main strikers on our books if you include youngster Jonathan Afolabi, so signing another, when Lennon only ever plays one up top, may be deemed as overkill.
Perhaps the Irishman, or Griffiths or Bayo, will have to move out on loan for another to come in. Interesting times indeed.