Miovski to van Hooijdonk, Kvistgaarden or even Shankland

Bojan Miovski would be the ideal signing for Celtic, but that isn’t going to happen. Sydney van Hooijdonk though would be a good alternative and there’s still a chance we could sign Mathias Kvistgaarden from Danish side Brondby. However there are plenty of interest in both Sydney and Mathias so we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed that we can get someone across the line…

As the club frantically looks for new faces, one position that we all hope they fill is the centre forward one.

With Oh and Daizen Maeda both at the Asian Cup and Kyogo far from firing on all cylinders it’s imperative we seek to fix that issue and provide cover for the striker position. Even the latest idea, to get Rocco Vata to sign a new contract, hastily offered it has to be said, and announce him as our new striker, has hit the rocks with the player holding out for a better deal (whether financial or to do with his pathway to the first team is unclear).

Maik Nawrocki and Bojan Miovski during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie on 13 August 2023. Photo Stephen Dobson PSI

One name that has been mentioned quite a few times on The Celtic Star is Aberdeen’s North Macedonian striker Bojan Miovski and of course it was in early September that this very site posted an article urging Celtic to sign Owen Beck. Fans eh? What do we know!

There is no doubts that Miovski is a decent striker, I for one am a fan. He’s young, he’s promising, he knows where the goal is, and he knows our league, but with a reported £6 million plus price tag on his head I sadly can’t see it happening. Maybe a summer target, but for now I think we can cross his name of the list.

Sydney van Hooijdonk of Bologna FC clelebrates during the Serie A TIM match between Bologna FC and Empoli FC at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on October 01, 2023 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

The other name mentioned is Sydney van Hooijdonk. A surname familiar to the Celtic supporters. Van Hoojidonk is out of favour at Bologna, but he’s proven himself in the Dutch Eredivisie, where his goal to game ratio is superb.

Even if it’s only on loan until the end of the season it’s a good option. He’s tall, athletic and he knows where the goal is. If he’s even as half as good as his old man he’s well worth a punt. It’s not as if we’re in a position to be picky after all

IMAGO / Gonzales Photo Vejle BK v Broendby IF, Danish 3F Superliga . 28th, August 2023. Mathias Kvistgaarden of Broendby IF seen during the 3F Superliga match at Vejle Stadion in Vejle. Photo Gonzales Photo/Teis Markfoged

Then there’s Danish front-man Mathias Kvistgaarden who we tried to sign in the summer but had offers of over £4m rejected. Brondby’s CEO was saying a few weeks back that Kvistgaarden wasn’t going to be sold in the January window as they were involved in a three-way tussle for the Danish title. However that seems to have changed and the highest bidder is likely to win.

Lawrence Shankland  vies with Liam Scales during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Hearts at Celtic Park on December 16, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lawrence Shankland has also been mentioned but as things stand he’s much more likely to sign for theRangers who are throwing everything at their push for the title, now that it’s back in their own hands. Shankland comes from a Rangers supporting family and clearly is more than capable of scoring in the Scottish Premiership. Hearts will be looking for the maximum return if they are to part ways with their captain at this stage in the season.

He’ll be a Rangers player this week is the most likely outcome, at this stage but you never know.

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  1. Martin Blackshaw on

    Just look at the quality striker options available to Brendan Rodgers and yet he keeps saying in the media that he can’t find the quality at prices that fit with the Celtic “model”! Miovski is definitely my choice for recruitment. I rate that player highly and agree with Mark Guidi that his value will only increase with time. He’s a steal at £4 million. Not so sure about Sydney van Hoojidonk. Bologna don’t rate him very highly, so that’s a worry. Shankland is Rangers through and through, so I doubt if he would sign for Celtic even if the club did show an interest. Besides that, Shankland has also had some barren years as a striker with former clubs. Kvistgarden I don’t know that much about, but by all accounts he’s decent.

    For heavens’ sake Celtic, get the ball moving before it’s too late. Miovski is your man, just up the road in Aberdeen, well used to the rigours of the Scottish game, a tried and trusted striker domestically with good form in Europe’s lower competition. What more do you want for £4 million, the footballing equivalent of ten bob and a pickled egg???

  2. Agreed ,don’t know where the 6m has came from as its been between 4-5m previously mentioned , and i believe he would be keen to move to us and force it through , Hail hail .

    • Martin Blackshaw on

      The way it looks now, Sydney van Hooijdonk will be going to Norwich City and Celtic will help them clear space by taking their 22-year-old “project” adam Adah on loan as a cover striker while Oh is away on international duty. You really couldn’t make this stuff up. Rodgers and the Board are just making a complete mug of the fans.