Reports suggest Celtic weighing up seven figure January move for striker with 18 goals already this season

The recent injury news to Vakoun Bayo and ongoing doubt over Leigh Griffiths’ availability does make it seem inevitable that Celtic will make some kind of attacking signing in January.

With things going well in Europe and the Kieran Tierney money still in the bank, there should be funds to bring in someone on a permanent basis. It just depends if Neil Lennon wants to upset the current balance and sign someone capable of pushing Eddy, or if he purely wants a back up.

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Lawrence Shankland is intriguing purely based on his recent goal scoring form. 18 goals in 17 games for Dundee United is pretty impressive, but he’s only really shone at Championship level.

He did fail to score in 17 Premiership appearances for Aberdeen so has absolutely no pedigree at the top level. A recent report from Football insider 247 has suggested that Celtic are keeping tabs on him in preparation for a January approach.

The main thing for the club to decide is whether he can be any more than a poacher at a lower level. He does score a lot of penalties and there’s plenty more space in the box in the Championship.

There story doesn’t give an exact asking price, but does suggest that Dundee United would demand a seven figure fee. He’s 24 so can’t really be classed as a youngster anymore, but has broken into the Scotland squad recently.

It’s not clear how often Griffiths will be available

He would certainly be an interesting signing, you have to fancy he would get plenty of chances playing in this Celtic team, but how often would he actually get to play?

He certainly wouldn’t be an upgrade on Eddy, but the only way to find out if he can keep scoring at the highest level is to give him a chance.

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