Celtic eye swoop for "destructive" 5-goal star, Hammond can finally replace Sinclair – opinion
For the first time in numerous years Celtic’s attack isn’t quite firing as much as they’d like.
It’s no coincidence, therefore, that they sit 11 points behind their fiercest rivals in the race to win the SPFL.
Odsonne Edouard may have scored five goals in just six league starts but beyond that in a centre-forward position, there are struggles.
Albian Ajeti has the same number of Scottish Premiership strikes but he now hasn’t scored in eight games now. Equally, Mohamed Elyounoussi is very hit and miss.
He scored a brilliant hat-trick against Motherwell but then was never really at the races when Celtic drew 2-2 with Hibernian last weekend, failing to score.
It’s been a puzzling season but at least other players are still chipping in somewhat besides Edouard.
That being said, there is a lack of depth on the flanks, something that has been apparent since pre-season.
Ryan Christie has popped up with four assists from various positions but there is a sense that the Bhoys are missing someone as prolific as Scott Sinclair was during his peak at Parkhead.
The winger has now left for Preston but was an effervescent ball of fun during his stint in Glasgow. Sinclair netted 62 goals in just 167 games, a stint that included a remarkable haul of 21 goals in the league during the 2016/17 season.
So how can they fill the goalscoring void left behind by Sinclair? Well, Elyounoussi has been a good start but they arguably need more if they are to bridge the gap to Rangers.
The man who could help is none other than Karamoko Dembele’s brother, Siriki.
He is currently playing for Peterborough and it’s reported that Celtic is one of the teams interested in acquiring his signature.
A natural winger who can also play as a central striker, he is a player who is now beginning to find the net with greater regularity. On his way to being labelled “destructive” for his displays last term, Dembele scored six goals and registered nine assists.
This season, however, the 24-year-old has already beaten the goalkeeper on five occasions, claiming four assists in the process.
A player who can create and score in equal measure, it’s clear to see why we’re comparing him to Sinclair.
Add his pace and versatility into the equation and Nick Hammond could well have himself a diamond here.
The only trouble is that Dembele may cost somewhere in the region of £15m. Pricey stuff.
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