Five strikers Celtic could sign this January

By Hamish Carton

November 1, 2019

Neil Lennon caused a lot of chatter and discussion earlier this week when he admitted that he may look to strengthen his striking options this January.

The Northern Irishman currently only has one fit forward at his disposal. Odsonne Edouard is as reliable as they come but his two replacements – Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo – are not.

With that in mind Lennon said “possibly” when asked if he may recruit in January. (BBC)

Here are five options that the Celtic boss may look at if he does decide to splash the cash.

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Shane Long

Celtic may feel they wish to add another Southampton loanee to their ranks in the shape of the Republic of Ireland striker. The 32-year-old has struggled to find any sort of rhythm in a struggling side so far this season.

Long has appeared in four of the Saints last six matches but mainly as a sub – and he may feel that a shot at more regular playing time, and trophies, is a welcome January move.

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The former Reading man is out of contract at St. Mary’s this summer – so a permanent move isn’t off the cards either.

Johnny Russell

The forward is currently plying his trade for Sporting Kansas City in the Western Conference of the MLS. Russell enjoyed a half decent 2019 – scoring nine goals in 28 matches for a struggling side.

Keen to get back into the Scotland starting side, he may feel that a move back home benefits his chances. He’s already been confirmed as a big Celtic fan so it’s hard to see too much of a sticking point in any potential deal.

Jordan Larsson

The son of the King of Kings – it’s not just the footballing department that would be licking their lips at the prospect of this signing. 22-year-old Larsson has grown a lot since his days of following his father around on the Parkhead pitch.

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He now plays for Spartak Moscow after a big money move from Norrkoping in the summer. Larsson has six goals for the Russians with five of them coming in his last four matches. If we were happy to fork out a healthy amount, and Spartak were willing to sell, this could be a stunning goer.

Andraz Sporar

The 25-year-old Slovenian has enjoyed immense success over the border with Slovakian champions Slovan Bratislava. His name may not be too familiar to the Celtic support but it should be. He did score 29 goals in 30 league matches last season after all.

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Sporar has started this campaign with nine in seven and has also scored six goals in UEFA competition. He would likely cost a fair few million, but nothing outwith our price range.

Lawrence Shankland

If we’re talking goals then the Dundee United striker has to get a mention. After netting over 60 for Ayr United in two seasons, the 24-year-old has continued his rapid rise at Tannadice.

Shankland already has 17 in 16 games this campaign as well as a Scotland goal in his first start. There’s a big debate over whether he could hack the step-up to our level. But you can’t argue against his stunning scoring record.

He’d be relatively easy to acquire you would imagine.