Need for another striker is becoming more evident for Celtic

By John Reid

December 22, 2019

There is very little for Celtic to complain about as the Hoops sit five points clear at the top of the Premiership table.

The Hoops have won their last 10 games in a row. Celtic look set to go into the winter break clear at the top of the league. There is one thing that Celtic do need though, and that is another striker.

The Hoops cannot continue to keep relying on Odsonne Edouard, who has not completed a 90 minutes for Celtic since the 2-0 win over Motherwell in November. That has to be a concern for Celtic. Edouard is so key to the Hoops, and he is battling to get back to full fitness after a recent hamstring injury.

“Probably not fairly up to speed”

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John Kennedy even commented after the Aberdeen game on Saturday, as reported by the Daily Record that the player is not fully fit yet. “He’s probably not fairly up to speed in terms of fitness” he said.

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In the ten league game winning run, Edouard has scored six goals, including the winner in the 2-1 victory over Aberdeen. He is the only striker to find the back of the net for the Hoops in that time.

Thankfully, other players have chipped in with goals. However, it is becoming more evident by the week that the Hoops need another striker. It is not fair to Edouard, he needs more support.

In the game against Aberdeen, the Hoops missed plenty of chances. It Neil Lennon had another striking option that he trusted, that player could have started the game, or came on as a substitute.

Hoops boss seems to trust only one striker

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It is clear that Edouard is the only striker that manager Neil Lennon trusts. That was shown when Lewis Morgan, a winger, started up front for the Hoops against Rennes and Rangers even though Vakoun Bayo and Leigh Griffiths were available.

Neil Lennon seems to be well aware of what is needed though. It was interesting to note that he refused to rule out a move in January for Slovan Bratislava striker Andraz Sporar.

That could well indicate that a striker is coming to Celtic Park in January. That is just what the Hoops require. It could make the difference in making sure that Celtic end the season as nine in a row champions.