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PSG Striker Set To Snub Interest From Ligue 1 Outfit To Join Celtic Next Month: Big Boost For 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.

Just a few days back, reports from the Daily Record suggested that Celtic were in the race to sign Paris Saint Germain’s striker Timothy Weah in January on a six-month loan spell. However, French outfit Amiens have also made a desperate attempt (The Scottish Sun) to land the 18-year-old forward. It is being reported that Amiens boss Christophe Pelissier himself made personal contact with Weah and asked him to join the Ligue 1 outfit next month.

However, the latest reports from the Scottish Sun indicates that Celtic is the preferred destination for the striker and Weah is set to choose the Glaswegian giants over the French outfit. It is expected that barring a last-minute change of heart, Celtic have more or less secured their man and in a few days, Weah would be seen in Celtic Colours.

Paris Saint Germain’s hierarchy also believes that the striker would benefit more if he joins the Hoops. Celtic already seem to share a good relationship with the French heavyweights as they did business with them not too long ago when the club signed Odsonne Edouard in the summer for a record fee. The Frenchman first impressed in his loan spell at Park Head, and that made Rodgers make a permanent move for him this summer.

The Bhoys would hope that something similar can transpire with Weah as well as it seems unlikely that he would break into PSG’s lineup anytime soon. The 18-year-old has managed just 53 minutes of football in the Ligue 1 this season, and there is no way that he would be able to dislodge the likes of Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar or Angel Di Maria from the starting lineup.

The Hoops had lost the services of Moussa Dembele on the final day of the summer transfer window, and therefore, they never had the chance to bring in his replacement. Recently, Leigh Griffiths decided to take some time off football to concentrate on his personal matters, and so the gaffer is currently down to just one striker in the squad.

However, Michael Johnston has shown that he can perform well when given a chance to start up front. Nevertheless, there is a need for a forward in the Celtic squad, and Weah definitely seems to be on his way to Glasgow to fill in that role on a short-term basis.

Weah’s pace and dribbling skill sets him apart and that even allows him to play in the wide regions as well. However, one area where he might struggle with is the physicality of the Scottish League. The 18-year-old seems a bit lightweight, and he might have to work on his upper body strength to succeed in the Premiership. Nevertheless, he would be a decent backup striker for Rodgers.

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