French Report: Celtic interested in former PSG and Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin

By John McGinley

July 29, 2021

Celtic are interested in signing Nantes striker Jean-Kevin Augustin, according to French outlet Homme du Match.

Augustin is said to be one of the options the Bhoys are considering as a replacement for Odsonne Edouard, who could leave Celtic this summer.

Fenerbahce, a potential future Europa League qualifying foe, are also keen on the player, the report states.

Questions are mounting over the future of Edouard after his lacklustre appearances for the Bhoys early this season. He was a poor performer last night in Denmark, with many supporters now questioning his desire to impress for the team.

It should be noted the Frenchman’s application in training and matches has been defended by manager Ange Postecoglou. However, if we’re getting bad performances and there’s potentially a big chunk of money on the table, shouldn’t we be taking it?

That’s a solid theory, but it does also rely on securing a replacement. The club have already signed Japanese talent Kyogo Furuhashi who can play through the middle, but it remains to be seen how Postecoglou will use him.

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Augustin made 31 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain and 67 appearances for RB Leipzig, scoring 22 goals, so he does have decent experience under his belt already at 24.

He actually played and scored against Celtic in the 2018/19 Europa League encounter that resulted in a 2-1 victory for the Bhoys.

However, in recent years his stock has declined after disappointing spells at Monaco and now Nantes.

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Bringing him to Glasgow and getting him playing good football would seem to be a rehabilitation job at this point.

That’s potentially an okay situation if we’re relying on Furuhashi to be our talismanic attacking presence and having Augustin as an alternative choice.

Nantes have demoted him to the reserves and his contract expires next year so I doubt he’ll cost a grand transfer fee. However, that may be a red flag itself.

In other news, Carl Starfelt declares himself ready to debut for Celtic at Tynecastle.

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