Vidar Riseth has spoken glowingly at the prospect of Celtic signing his countryman Joshua King.
The Scottish Sun reported earlier this week that Eddie Howe would look to make him his Odsonne Edouard replacement. That is, of course, if Howe even becomes the next Parkhead manager. Even that seems to have been thrown up in the air.
There are so many reasons why Celtic couldn’t sign King of course. The former Bournemouth striker, who worked under Howe at the Cherries, is on a reported £45k-per-week with Everton [Scottish Sun]. His wage demands alone would likely rule us out.
However, Riseth has been happy to talk his countryman up. If Celtic are to pull off the incredible deal, the Norwegian pundit believes King would be the best striker at Parkhead since Henrik Larsson.
“Top, top player”
As quoted by the Sun, he said: “Josh would be the best striker Celtic have had in the past ten years. He is strong, powerful and he can score goals — the kind of player the Celtic fans would love.
“He has all the attributes any striker needs. I have played with him and against him and I know all about his qualities. If there is a chance for Celtic to get him then they must take it because he would be an incredible signing for them.
“He is a top, top player and if he was scoring 20 goals a season in the English Premier League for Bournemouth, you can imagine what he will do in Scotland. He’d be a great signing. I am talking about a top striker. He has so many qualities and he has done so well for the national team, too.
“He needs to get things going again and I hope it’s in Glasgow with my old club because I know how big and exciting that signing would be.”
Vidar Riseth clearly excited over Josh King to Celtic; let’s focus on bringing in the manager first
It all sounds idyllic of course. Bringing in a striker brimming with Premier League experience and having him spearhead the Eddie Howe charge towards Celtic dominance.
Even a touch fantasist, perhaps. For the fact is that any more for King, as optimistic as that would be, will surely rely on a move for Howe. As things stand, it doesn’t appear as though the former Bournemouth manager is quite set to confirm his move to Glasgow.
That, therefore, has to be the priority. All talk of potential transfer signings and major summer moves can be put on hold. None of it is even feasible unless we appoint the correct manager. For example, King will be a no-go if Celtic fail to get Howe over the line.
But there’s also no denying that a new centre-forward will be one of the top priorities for any new manager. As will a new centre-back or two, whilst Celtic still need some more options down the wide areas.
Whoever the new manager is has one heck of a rebuilding job. Splashing out on a top centre-forward is all well and good, but it’ll mean nothing if we don’t have enough cash left over to adequately cover other key areas.
But a move for King would definitely excite. The only question surrounding it is whether it’s truly doable.