Some might think that as Celtic completed the £4.5million signing of West Ham’s Albian Ajeti on Thursday that the club had completed their striker signing business for the moment.
There is no doubt that Ajeti will play a big part for the Hoops this season. Especially with the money spent on the player, which is large by Celtic’s standards.
However, just because the Hoops have signed another striker, that does not mean that they have to automatically give up on other forwards.
One such player is Peterborough’s Ivan Toney, who has been linked with a move to the Hoops for weeks. 67HailHail reported recently that the Hoops had made an improved bid for the player. However, for the moment he remains with the League One side.
First-team squad will be stretched to the limit
Now, should Celtic sign the player who scored 24 goals last season they would have five strikers in the first-team squad. Some might think that is too many. However, in this unique season, Celtic’s squad will be stretched to the limit.
With the recent postponement of two league games, the Hoops will be forced into a very busy schedule for the remainder of the season.
That could mean two games a week for weeks on end for the Scottish Champions. That will mean that the entire first-team squad will likely need to be utilised.
Could put pressure on those already at club
Another aspect to take into account is the status of some strikers currently at the club. Leigh Griffiths has not kicked a ball for the Hoops so far this season. Patryk Klimala has been a bit-part player.
The arrival of a prolific goalscorer such as Toney would put pressure on those players. It could also force the likes of Ajeti and Odsonne Edouard to up their game.
It remains to be seen if Celtic will continue their pursuit of Ivan Toney. However, with so much at stake this season there is no reason for the Hoops not to.