Journalist John McGarry has recently talked about Celtic’s priorities in the summer transfer window.
McGarry featured as a guest on the latest episode of The Celtic Huddle podcast and the panel talked about numerous issues involving the Parkhead-based club. The main topic of discussion was potential transfers for the club.
Asked about whether Celtic could break their transfer record if Odsonne Edouard leaves, McGarry feels that they’ve not got any other option and the recruitment of a striker is a top priority for the Bhoys anyway.
Should Celtic break their transfer record for an Edouard replacement?
Edouard has been heavily linked with a move to Leicester City and it has been stated that the Foxes are a bit short in their offer for the Frenchman. Leigh Griffiths has also been linked with Aberdeen and Hibernian.
He said: “I don’t think they’ve got any option.
“Because as we all know – centre-forwards are the most expensive component of any team and you’ve got to assume that Edouard is going to move on, it remains to be seen about Leigh Griffiths but I think the days are gone where you can depend upon Leigh to get you 25 goals a season.
“So the recruitment of a centre-forward is going to be a top priority and they do generally cost a lot of money.”
TIF Thoughts on Celtic’s chase for a striker…
The Hoops made an offer to sign Ivan Toney last summer, but the bid was rejected by Peterborough. Fast forward to today, the striker has been on fire for Brentford in the Championship, which shows that while Celtic were right to chase him, they should regret missing out on him.
If they had signed the Englishman, they would’ve roped in a potential Edouard replacement beforehand and perhaps, they should make sure that they don’t repeat the same mistakes again. Potentially earning around £20m from Edouard’s sale may well make all the difference as they seek the best possible replacement.