It’s easy to understand why the idea of Billel Omrani to Celtic holds appeal after his goals for Cluj last week.

A mystery Scottish club has apparently put an offer in for the Cluj man. That’s according to Romanian outlet GSP. Since then, it’s been speculated as to whether that club is Celtic or Rangers.

After firing home a double at Parkhead, it’s easy to see the attraction. After all, if we’re being honest, he’s the one that fired us out of the Champions League.


Billel Omrani scored twice against Celtic last week (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

He’s also Cluj’s top goalscorer in Europe. During his spell with the Romanian champions, he’s fired home nine goals. However, six of those have come in Champions League qualifying whilst the other three have come in Europa League qualifying. None of his strikes have come in the group stages or later of either tournament.

Out of his 114 appearances for Cluj, meanwhile, he’s scored just 32 goals. Sure, it’s not disastrous, but it’s hardly scintillating form either.

Billel Omrani to Celtic shouldn’t be a goer

Also, over the course of the tie, and it may sound ridiculous to say after his brace, but Omrani didn’t exactly catch the eye.


Yes, he fired home a penalty and a rebound at Parkhead. Before that, he was throwing himself to the deck and constantly complaining to the referees both in Romania and at Celtic Park. There was nothing to overly-like about him. His performance in Romania overall was extremely poor in particular.

Omrani’s overall performance didn’t impress against Celtic (Alex Nicodim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Celtic don’t need to go splashing any cash on Omrani, or indeed another striker. We now already have four after the acquisition of Jonathan Afolabi. Whilst Omrani may have some European goals to his name – it’s nothing to get excited about.

Celtic should have more important things on their mind such as finding a new right-back, centre-back, and left-back. There’s barely been any progress on further signings in recent times. After the Champions League exit to Omrani’s Cluj, that’s a disappointment.

But we shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking the French forward is the answer. He simply isn’t, and our money could be spent much more wisely.

Neil Lennon’s next few signings need to be the correct ones (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

To put it into perspective, imagine if we had Omrani last week and they had Odsonne Edouard. Eddy would also have punished us ruthlessly, and also would’ve stood out a lot more than Omrani managed to.

Hopefully there’s nothing in this. The Cluj forward is nothing to shout about, regardless of whether he adds to his tally against Slavia Prague tonight or not.

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