Three Alternatives to Cho Signing as Celtic Look to Bolster Front Line

Celtic have been linked with a move for South Korean international striker Cho Gue-sung, but they face a battle for his signature. After scoring twice against Ghana at the 2022 World Cup, the 24-year-old has become hot property and Celtic Park has long been mentioned as a potential destination.

There are, however, other teams involved in this equation. Even theRangers are rumoured to have joined the chase, but we’re assuming this is just down to the compliant Scottish mainstream media being mischievous.

Celtic target Cho Gue-sung in action at the World Cup for South Korea against Brazil

If the Cho deal falls through or, if Ange Postecoglou is looking for further back up, there are alternatives…

Celtic Homing in on the Title

Celtic look set to claim their second consecutive domestic title, but there should be no room for complacency. While they may have a nine-point lead over their closest rivals, theRangers have improved slightly under new manager Mick Beale and won’t be written off by Ange Postecoglou at this stage.

A new striker may close out that title sooner rather than later, even if the Hoops are red hot favourites to win the Scottish Premiership title. According to Postecoglou’s Bhoys are well clear of the chasing pack and are listed at prohibitive odds.

David Turnbull celebrates his goal during the first cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Photo KirkORourke/theRangers FC/Shutterstock

With some way to go until the end of the campaign, there is some scope for those odds to change and SBO will monitor the situation. Prices can update on the back of each match weekend and readers will see any changes as they come in.

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Daizen Maeda gives Celtic the lead at Ibrox on 2 January

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Celtic may be an obvious bet in those markets, but could the team strengthen their chances with the addition of any of these attackers?

Ben Brereton Diaz

After two productive campaigns with Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, Chilean international striker Ben Brereton Diaz has been linked with a switch to the English Premier League for some time.

Ben Brereton of Blackburn Rovers applauds the fans during the Sky Bet Championship between Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion at Ewood Park on August 14, 2022 (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Everton, who are set to battle relegation for the second season in succession, are among those tipped to make a move. Links with the are much fewer, but Celtic will be aware of Brereton Diaz’s quality after he scored against them in a pre-season friendly last summer.

Wout Weghorst

It’s strange to see a striker, who scored just two goals in 20 Premier League appearances last season, being linked to Manchester United. However, Dutch international Wout Weghorst has good scoring returns at other clubs and in what is, let’s face it, a less competitive division, he could thrive in the Scottish Premiership.

Netherlands’ forward #19 Wout Weghorst celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final match between Netherlands and Argentina at Lusail Stadium, north of Doha, on December 9, 2022. (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

After disappointing Burnley last season, the 30-year-old is currently on loan at Turkish side Besiktas where he has scored nine goals in his first 18 games. Weghorst also landed a memorable double strike against Argentina at the 2022 World Cup and he’s a much better player than his stats suggest.

Dele Alli

While this suggestion may be met with considerable derision, it’s worth hearing it out. Dele Alli’s slump is well documented and, after underwhelming his loan team Besiktas, it’s difficult to see where he goes from here.

It’s been reported in some media outlets that Besiktas want to call time on the temporary deal, but parent club Everton are in no hurry to take him back. That could leave Dele with the prospect of warming the benches in Turkish football for the remainder of the season.

Dele Alli of Everton celebrates after scoring their side’s fourth goal during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Blackpool and Everton at Bloomfield Road on July 24, 2022.  (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

What happens next? While many are suggesting that this is the end, it’s worth recalling his incredible performances at Tottenham Hotspur. As an attacking midfielder, he scored 18 goals in 37 league games in one season, and that’s a record that most strikers would be happy with.

If Everton want to offload the player, they will have to do it cheaply, so could it be worth Celtic taking one final gamble on Dele Alli?

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  1. Anthony Martin on

    Hope wrong but it doesn’t look like Cho will come as he is hawking himself to the PL. Need to look elsewhere.

  2. All three suggestions, pie in the sky, the salaries in the Championship totally eclipse what we pay. As do some in league 1. Hence we are shopping in Asia.