Former Celtic favourite Lubo Moravcik believes reported Hoops target Andraz Sporar can become a hit in Neil Lennon’s Hoops squad, speaking to The Daily Record.
The Scottish Champions have been linked with a move for the striker since last month, with his club Slovan Bratislava claiming negotiations for his transfer took place on 23rd December (Scottish Sun).
Moravcik knows a bit about what it takes to become a hero at Celtic, famously a part of Martin O’Neill’s legendary team.
He also knows a lot about Slovakian football and in the wake of the Bhoys’ interest in Sporar has made a direct comparison to struggling forward Vakoun Bayo.
Bayo played in Slovakian prior to Celtic, himself scoring regularly in the top-flight.
For Moravcik though, Sporar is the is of a higher quality and the former attacking midfielder also thinks the 25-year-old is a viable long-term replacement for Odsonne Edouard.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “Maybe if Edouard were to leave then Sporar would be an ideal replacement.
“Sporar is a better player than Bayo. The Slovakian championship is not the strongest in Europe but scoring goals is always difficult no matter where you play and he scored 34 times last season now he has scored goals in Europe.
“I only saw Bayo play once but he scored goals for his team in Slovakia and is still young. He doesn’t have the same style as Sporar – he is not as strong – and Sporar is better quality.”
Do we need an Edouard replacement?
For now, it appears the Frenchman is going nowhere. It would be borderline negligent for Celtic to sell him this month when we’re chasing trophies and historic achievements.
In the summer though you get the feeling it’s a distinct possibility he could be on his way to a more illustrious league, earning money far beyond what he does in Glasgow. That’s the nature of the Celtic cycle right now.
It makes sense then that Celtic would look to bring in his potential replacement well in advance of any sale. Moravcik clearly feels like Sporar is that man.
With 20 goals in 26 appearances this season he’s certainly having an exciting campaign, with seven of those efforts coming in European competition.
Will Celtic bite the bullet and get him in the door?