Celtic were linked with their second Scottish based striker in as many weeks on Friday, as a report suggested the club are interested in Hearts forward Uche Ikpeazu.

West London Sport linked Neil Lennon’s men and English side Queens Park Rangers with a move for the 24-year-old who joined the Jambos last summer. The London outlet didn’t give any other information regarding Celtic’s reported interest in the player, but the news has still registered with club’s supporters during a quiet international break.

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At the end of last month, the Daily Record reported that we had scouted Dundee United striker Lawrence Shankland as he netted a hat-trick in a match against Morton. Again there wasn’t a great deal of substance to the story, yet it made big headlines.

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Celtic should aim to bring in a better striker than Edouard

The brutal truth is that neither Shankland nor Ikpeazu are good enough for Celtic. The pair are decent strikers who have performed well over the past 18 months, but the notion that either could handle the step up to life in the East End of Glasgow is fanciful at best.

There has been a lot of chatter around adding depth to our portfolio of forwards. Many fans have written Vakoun Issouf Bayo off already despite him performing well whenever he’s started a match. Others want us to rely on Leigh Griffiths again but the truth is that the former Hibs man is nowhere near it at present.

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Many feel that adding someone like Shankland would give us additional options at the top end of the pitch. But the truth is that we should be aiming so much higher than that. If Odsonne Edouard is soon to depart, as many expect, why don’t we go and find a better striker than him now?

 

A lot of hope has been placed of Jonathan Afolabi as the next Edouard, much like Edouard was the next Dembele. However, you get the feeling that the Irishman is going to have to bide his time at the club – for the next wee while at least.

If we’re going to sign another striker this January then we should make it a high calibre one. Otherwise there’s little point.

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