Griffiths among quartet who will be like new signings for Celtic this summer

By Hamish Carton

May 29, 2019

Celtic may not have to look too far for some fresh impetus this summer. The Hoops are likely to bring in several new faces to bolster their squad in the coming weeks but some of the new talent may come from an old source.

There are four members of last season’s squad who played a combined five minutes of football in the second-half of the season. All have struggled to get game time for various reasons but could offer something next term. Let’s take a look.

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Leigh Griffiths

It’s easy to forget that Leigh Griffiths netted 40 goals in a season just four years ago. The striker’s problems have been well documented and he hasn’t featured for the club since the victory over Kilmarnock at the start of December. He will have his work cut out to get ahead of Odsonne Edouard but a bit of competition will harm neither.

Griffiths has scored goals whenever he’s played and that makes him an important part of the Celtic squad.

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Vakoun Issouf Bayo

The 22-year-old Ivorian joined Celtic in January after scoring ten goals in 16 starts for Slovakian top-flight side Dunajska Streda. He joined the Hoops for a hefty fee and but hasn’t featured this season due to injuries. Big things are expected of the attacker who could further enhance our firepower.

Kouassi Eboue

Another Ivorian. The midfielder joined Celtic in 2017 from Krasnodar. He’s since started just 12 matches for the Hoops and has missed the majority of this season through injury. There are glimpses that there could be a player in there somewhere. He’s still only 21 so has a bright future ahead of him if he can escape his injury woes.

Daniel Arzani

The on-loan Australian picked up a horror injury in his one and only start for Celtic this season. He came on at Dens Park in October but was soon stretchered off with a cruel ACL injury. He hasn’t been seen for Celtic since however his two-year loan deal means he’ll have a second bite of the cherry under Lennon.