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Development In Celtic’s Chase For This Spanish Striker: Where Does This Leave Rodgers?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

The race for the signature of Spanish striker Fran Sol is heating up as according to the Daily Record as cited by the Scotsman; the striker is now attracting interest from La Liga outfit Valencia. A few days back it was being reported that Celtic had sent scouts to watch the 26-year-old forward in action.

Celtic are in desperate need of a striker as currently, both first-team options Odsonne Eodaurd and Leigh Griffiths are unavailable. Edouard suffered an injury in the win against Motherwell and Griffiths has decided to take some time off football to concentrate on his personal matters.

The Hoops also sold Moussa Dembele on the final day of the summer transfer window, and as a result, they never had the chance to replace him. Currently, young Michael Johnston is expected to fill in the absence of their main strikers, and the club would hope that Edouard’s situation isn’t too serious.

Given all this, it is imperative for the club to go after a centre-forward and Sol could be the man for Brendan Rodgers. The striker had played for the Real Madrid C team and later moved on to the Eredivisie in 2016 where he currently plies his trade for Willem II.

The striker has been in tremendous goalscoring form ever since he joined them. The 26-year-old has managed to find the back of the net 46 times in 87 appearances and currently this season, the Spaniard is flying high with 16 goals in all competitions in 19 games.

With Valencia entering the frame to sign him, Rodgers’ task could be cut out as the striker might prefer playing in his homeland in the La Liga over a Scottish club. Sol is currently in the final year of his contract so there could be a scrambling for his signature in January. Valencia also managed to play Champions League this season so that can also be a contributing factor (However, they are currently 14th in La Liga with just three wins in 16 games and crashed out from the Champions League and are incidentally set to face Celtic in the Europa League).

Sol has definitely shown great goal scoring instincts and his finishing is top notch. However, he could struggle to get used to the physicality of the Premiership. But we still think he has enough firepower in his arsenal to be a success at Park Head. It remains to be seen how keen the Hoops would be to sign him after sending scouts to watch him in action. At the moment, we feel the reigning Scottish Champions are second favourites to land him now that a Spanish club has entered the frame.

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