French Report: Celtic looked at Rodez striker Sory Doumbouya; other European clubs interested

By David Walton

October 8, 2020

Celtic took information on Rodez striker Sory Doumbouya in recent times, according to French website Actufoot.

The Hoops splashed out on a proven centre-forward in the summer in former West Ham striker Albian Ajeti. However, the club have also kept an eye on 21-year-old Doumbouya, Actufoot reports.

The French source believes that there is still interest in the young striker in Europe too. Actufoot state that Sion and Basel of Switzerland are continuing to take information on the player’s development. The report stops short of saying that Celtic are continuing to monitor the youngster.

Celtic signed Albian Ajeti in the summer as their only forward reinforcement/ (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

Doumbouya joined Ligue 2 side Rodez in the summer after coming through Ligue 1 outfit Dijon’s academy. He managed to bag several spots on their bench back in 2018, but more recently spent time with their B side.

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The Guinean, who Actufoot state has been capped at under-23 level for his country, currently plies his trade with his new club’s second-string too. Rodez B are involved in the Championnat National 3 division – the fifth tier of French football.

We have enough projects at the club for the moment

Of course, none of us can say whether Celtic were interested in Doumbouya or not, but he has next to no pedigree to speak of. Not much is known of the young Guinean outside of the fact he came through at Dijon.

However, the club have enough young projects signed already. Outside of Patrick Klimala, we also have Vakoun Bayo and Jonathan Afolabi out on loan. Celtic would be best focusing on trying to ensure their own development as opposed to spending money on another young forward.

It’s no surprise then that Celtic didn’t move for him in the summer for example. Whilst signing up young players with a view to developing them for the long-term can be exciting for supporters, it wasn’t really required this year.

Jonathan Afolabi is one of Celtic’s long-term projects (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

That’s not to say that a move for Doumbouya couldn’t come further down the line. But he’s yet to even burst into the Rodez first-team. Bayo, who plays for Toulouse on loan, is operating at a level three tiers higher than the Guinean.

That puts the idea into some perspective. Knowing how the club operates combined with our short-term goals, you can see the Rodez youngster moving on to Switzerland if there is genuine interest there.

As is always the case however, it’s good to know the Hoops are keeping tabs on some of the up-and-coming young talents around Europe.

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