Former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill understands the difficulties the club are facing in the transfer market but thinks Neil Lennon needs another striker to depend on beyond Odsonne Edouard, speaking on Sky Sports.

O’Neill is not short of experience when it comes to recruiting top strikers at the Bhoys, signing up icons such as Chris Sutton and John Hartson.

However, that was in a different era and Celtic are finding it more and more difficult to buy outright from the English Premier League.

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O’Neill doesn’t see the point of bringing a player that won’t improve the current squad for the sake of adding numbers but does think the club should be shopping for a quality forward.

He was one of the pundits at Celtic Park yesterday taking in the Hamilton match.

As quoted by Sky Sports, he said: “You have to know what your budget is for a start, secondly John [Hartson] mentioned all the games they have to play, so of course you’ve always got to be on the look-out and I think Celtic are.

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“It’s what’s affordable, it’s what you think you can get and it’s whether it’s going to make an improvement to the team. Sometimes, that’s very difficult and how do you improve on Edouard?


“But you need someone in case anything happens to him. You need someone you can depend on, in this day and age that can be difficult to find.”

Patryk Klimala showed an encouraging sign he is ready to contribute more after his classy strike on Sunday and the manager always has Leigh Griffiths in the back pocket when he gets back to full fitness.

With Edouard netting a hat-trick yesterday you might be forgiven for thinking Celtic have no need for another attacker.

However, it’s no surprise to hear that the club are lodging bids for 26-goal strikers like Ivan Toney (The Scottish Sun).

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic against Hamilton

Odsonne Edouard scores for Celtic against Hamilton / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Vakoun Bayo absent from pre-season through injury and potentially heading out of the club, Lennon isn’t exactly blessed with loads of reliable options in attack.

Should Edouard suffer injury or Celtic receive a can’t-refuse offer for the Frenchman then we really do need an option ready to provide the firepower for our ten-in-a-row bid.

This season is simply too important to argue otherwise.

In other news, Celtic have made contact with Hearts regarding Aaron Hickey.

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