Does Celtic boss Neil Lennon need to name a new penalty kick taker at the club? That remains to be seen. However, the Hoops manager could soon have a decision to make on the matter.

Normally you would expect Odsonne Edouard, Celtic’s main striker to be the penalty kick taker. However, he missed a penalty in the midweek 2-1 win over St Mirren.

The penalty wasn’t the best that he has ever struck, as he made it easy for the St Mirren goalkeeper to make the save. Interestingly enough, he seems to score lots of penalties for the French under-21 side, which shows that he does have what it takes to hit the net from 12 yards.

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Still, should Lennon decide that Celtic should have a new spot kick king, here are three players who could make that role their own:


Albian Ajeti

The summer signing from West Ham has been in excellent form since joining the Hoops. He emulated Scott Sinclair’s feat of scoring in his first three league appearances for the club. He seems to have plenty of confidence at the moment.

Albian Ajeti celebrates putting Celtic 2-0 up against Ross County

Albian Ajeti celebrates putting Celtic 2-0 up against Ross County (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

Therefore, you wouldn’t be shocked to see him given the ball if the Hoops are awarded a spot kick against Livingston. He seems more than capable of finding the back of the net.


James Forrest

James Forrest has taken penalties before for Celtic. However, he has never been the regular spot kick taker. You would imagine that it is a role that he could easily take though. He has scored plenty of goals for Celtic in the last few seasons.

James Forrest celebrates scoring for Celtic

James Forrest celebrates scoring for Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Forrest has played in so many important games for the Hoops that he wouldn’t be put off by the prospect of taking a penalty against Rangers, for example. If Celtic want a new penalty taker, he is a more than useful candidate for the role.

Shane Duffy

This might be a bit of a left-field suggestion. However, Duffy has made a massive impact since joining the Hoops from Brighton. In two games he has scored two goals, great work from the centre-half. Yes it might be a bit of a gamble giving a centre-back a penalty.

Shane Duffy after scoring for Celtic against St Mirren

Shane Duffy after scoring for Celtic against St Mirren / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, he has such a force of personality, that you can imagine putting the ball on the spot, striding up and then smashing the ball into the back of the net. Is it likely that Duffy will be Celtic’s next penalty taker? Maybe not, but he could certainly be given a chance.

In other news, Celtic will play Riga FC in the next round of the Europa League.


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