Celtic should act now if they want to sign Brighton and Hove Albion striker Aaron Connolly.
The Irishman was a target for the Hoops in December 2018 and it’s no secret that the Scottish champions are in the market for a striker or two.
With Connolly’s stock rising with Brighton, this is potentially the last chance Celtic have of signing him.
Aaron Connolly to Celtic must happen now
Connolly has burst onto the scene this season in the English Premier League with Brighton.
The 19-year-old centre forward is currently a young squad player with a couple of first team goals under his belt. However, it’s his overall performances which are impressing many viewers of the Seagulls’ matches.
Connolly’s overall stats are six goals in 18 appearances in all competitions including the Premier League 2. Plus, he also has a Premier League first team assist to his name.
If his form continues, in a very short time Connolly will fast become a starter with Brighton.
This will leave a potential move to Celtic in jeopardy as the Galway teenager will continue to rise.
With Celtic aiming to bring in at least one striker, Connolly has the potential to be the man to push Odsonne Edouard and perhaps take his mantle.
Question mark over bringing in another Premier League squad player
Another man that some fans are crying out for is Patrick Roberts. Unlike Connolly, the Englishman isn’t getting any game time of note with current loan club Norwich City.
Roberts’ City contract is winding down and rumours will always fly about a return to Glasgow. However, the 22-year-old isn’t setting the heather on fire since leaving his two year Celtic stint.
Injuries have halted his progression, even with the Hoops, and he doesn’t appear to have a settled club.
His Spanish experience with Girona was less than exciting and he hasn’t pushed into the Canaries side despite a strong pre-season.
Is it worth the Hoops trying to bring the winger back in hope that he will capture his form? Celtic is arguably the place where he played his best football and won a double treble in the process. Roberts has done and won everything at Celtic, so there’s a chance he might not fancy a return himself.
If a possible move is down to purely nostalgia reasons on both sides, officials with clear heads should use common sense and make sure it doesn’t go ahead.