22 goals, 24 assists; The stunning budget winger Celtic should be tracking for January move

By John McGinley

December 28, 2020

Celtic need a winger during the January transfer window.

An injury to James Forrest has left the club short on the right flank. He’s not due back until February and could take a while to get back up to match fitness.

Youngster Mikey Johnston is only just returning too, meaning Neil Lennon hasn’t exactly been blessed with multiple options on the left either.

When assessing options in January, Celtic need to find the right balance between quality and value.

The recruitment team have already spent a lot of money this year and the board is unlikely to sanction a spending spree.

Step forward Philip Zinckernagel – a soon to be free agent who has torn apart the Norwegian league in 2020 with Bodo/Glimt.

What Celtic need

Zinckernagel had a phenomenal year with the Norwegian champions.

He scored 19 goals, also creating a mammoth 24 assists, as Bodo/Glimt stormed to the title for the first time in their 104-year history (Transfermarkt).

The attacker also netted three goals in Europa League qualifying before narrowly being knocked out by AC Milan.

That kind of output could revolutionise the Celtic attack.

We need someone with the cutting edge and the composed final ball to punish the opposition. It’s something that has been lacking throughout the season within Neil Lennon’s team.

Zinckernagel, native to Denmark, predominately plays on the right but does have dozens of career games under his belt on the left flank too.

Celtic could land a bargain

Named the Eliteserien player of the year, Zinckernagel now has the opportunity to move on to a bigger club.

His contract expires at the end of December and he is unlikely to be left wanting for suitors.

He’s expressed a desire to ultimately end up in Italy or Spain to Norwegian press this week (Nettavision).

However, Celtic is surely an appealing destination too?

Celtic should be looking at Philip Zinckernagel / (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

We could offer him regular football and the ambition to play regularly in the group stages of European competition.

Now 26, he’s entering the prime years of his career and Celtic should definitely at least be enquiring about his availability.

The winger could prove to be a stunning signing on a budget.

In other news, Sportscene pundits had nothing but good things to say about one Celtic player over the weekend.