Johnny Russell's Celtic dream is unlikely to come true

By John Reid

October 19, 2019

It is no secret that Sporting Kansas City striker Johnny Russell is a well-known Celtic fan. He has been linked with moves to the Hoops in the past.

Last year, he revealed that whilst Celtic were interested in the player when he left Dundee United, he didn’t match the bid that Derby County made for the player.

However, the Scotland international recently stated that he has not given up hope on one day playing for the Hoops.

“You never know”

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“I grew up dreaming of that. Throughout my career I have always hoped it would happen. It hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully it does at some point but you never know” he said, whilst appearing on BBC Sportsound.

Whilst it is good to see that the player still holds out hope of one day signing for the Hoops, it is unlikely that it will happen any time soon.

Russell is a decent player with a good record, but he doesn’t really score enough goals to be considered a striker that the Hoops would go for.

During his time at Dundee United, he scored on a regular basis but perhaps didn’t find the net enough for a player who would be first choice at Celtic Park.

Not the type of striker Hoops should be looking to sign

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The Hoops might well be looking to bring in another striker in January. However, Russell isn’t the type of forward Neil Lennon should be aiming to sign.

He should be looking to sign more of a target man type of striker. That is not one of Russell’s attributes as a player. He is pacey, and can also play well on the wing.

However, the Hoops have plenty of those players in the squad already. When it comes to making signings in January or in the summer, it is unlikely that Russell will be on Nick Hammond’s list of potential new recruits.