Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet now has 15 goals for the season and Celtic should be seriously thinking about adding him to the squad this summer.

As we know Odsonne Edouard is likely to be leaving the club. Leigh Griffiths and Patryk Klimala also face uncertain futures, linked with Aberdeen and New York Red Bulls in recent weeks.

Nisbet is unlikely to be an out-and-out replacement for Edouard, but we could do worse than having him around to provide squad depth and a guaranteed Scottish Premiership goal threat.

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Prior to his arrival at Hibs, the big question mark over his head was whether he could replicate his lower-league scoring in the top-flight.

Nisbet was prolific with Raith Rovers and Dunfermline but is now operating at a higher level than ever before.

Still just 24, there’s every chance he could take a step up again and impress for a big club such as Celtic.

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He scored a belter of a header against Rangers yesterday, making the game a nervy affair for the home side in the closing stages of the Scottish Premiership match.

 

The Scotland international has also scored against Celtic twice this season.

Kevin Nisbet: A potential Griffiths replacement at Celtic?

The career paths of Nisbet and Griffiths are similar enough for a comparison to be made. The Celtic striker also paid his dues in the Scottish lower leagues before shining with the Easter Road outfit.

Right now, Celtic’s second, third and fourth choices strikers simply aren’t scoring enough goals. Surely bringing in a player who has proven his worth in the top-flight is a way to go?

He’s hungrier, younger and wouldn’t have a complicated contract situation.

Nisbet handed in a transfer request at Hibs during the January transfer window, so it does feel like he is inching towards an Easter Road exit [The Daily Record].

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Kevin Nisbet celebrates scoring against Rangers / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That ambition is a positive thing in my book. He wants to play at the highest level possible.

With clubs in England interested, Celtic should be all over his situation ahead of the summer window. As long as he’s not too expensive, I’d not be against him coming to Celtic Park at all.

In other news, the timeline of Celtic’s Champions League qualification route has been confirmed.

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