Reported Celtic target Aaron Boupendza has just rounded off a superb season as Turkish football’s top goalscorer.
The Hoops were one of 11 sides mentioned as interested in the Gabon international back in March. Indeed, 90Min reported that there was substantial interest from England, whilst Rangers were also said to be keen.
And it appears the 24-year-old has rounded off the season in style as he concluded the Turkish Super Lig season with 22 goals [ESPN]. All of Boupendza’s efforts came on league duty, with 38 appearances to his name [Transfermarkt].
What makes his achievement even more impressive, however, is the fact he did it with a newly promoted side in Hatayspor. The 2020/21 campaign is Hatayspor’s first ever campaign as a top flight club in Turkey. That speaks volumes for just how ruthless Boupendza has been this season.
His quality has also reportedly been enough to impress countryman Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who has apparently informed Arsenal of his skillset.
If Celtic bagged Aaron Boupendza it would look a fine coup
Hatayspor are said to be interested in doing a deal for the striker. However, the sticking point for any deal would undoubtedly be the fee. 90Min believe the Turkish side want as much as £8.5m for his signature.
Ideally, Celtic would splash out considerably on Odsonne Edouard’s replacement. So it wouldn’t be so much as difficult to see them spending that kind of money. Not when Edouard cost even more. However, the new manager would have to be certain Boupendza is the right fit for Scottish football and his Celtic side.
The Gabon international doesn’t have much of a track record to go on before this season. After signing for Bordeaux in 2017, he spent the next three years filling up on loan spells. The most productive of which came with Pau in the Championnat National (France’s 3rd tier). He bagged 13 goals in 21 appearances there [Transfermarkt].
But it’s his time with Hatayspor that’s seen the striker blow up with regards to his form. It’s incredible to think he was picked up from Bordeaux for absolutely nothing in the summer of 2020. If only Celtic could’ve gone back in time.
Regardless, it’s 2021 and we need to splash the cash on proven talent. The biggest fear you would have with Boupendza is that it was a one-season wonder display from him. He’s proven he can be a powerful asset with impressive positional sense and a wand of a left-foot. But whether he would be consistent enough for Celtic would be everyone’s real fear.
There’s no denying, however, that Boupendza has bossed it this season. If the new manager made a move for him at £8.5m? It’s a deal that would certainly excite.