According to the latest reports from Daily Mail, Celtic are eyeing a move for Slovenian striker Andraz Sporar. It is believed that Neil Lennon wants to ease the burden off Odsonne Edouard and Sporar could be targeted in January. The striker is being rated at around £5m.
The 25-year-old currently plies his trade for Slovan Bratislava, a team that finished third in their Europa League group. Sporar’s team might not have gone through to the knockout rounds, but the striker managed five goals and two assists in 6 group games.
Sporar currently has 20 goals in all competitions this season to go with five assists in 26 appearances. He also had two years with Swiss heavyweights Basel, but he failed to breakthrough in their starting lineup. The striker joined the Slovakian heavyweights last season, and he has been in terrific form for them.
Right call from Lennon to look for a striker?
Celtic quite clearly rely heavily on Odsonne Edouard at the moment. With the Hoops competing on all the fronts, they should definitely consider bringing more quality options. Leigh Griffiths has been a disappointment in the past year, and he has struggled to find his best form. Vakoun Issouf Bayo has also struggled with injuries, and he still seems a bit raw at the moment.
Lennon experimented with Lewis Morgan upfront which brought the manager mixed results. Morgan struggled in the final against Rangers recently, and the introduction of Edouard gave Celtic an out ball. Even though Griffiths was fit for that tie, Lennon preferred Morgan to start up front in that game.
So that shows how much further down the pecking order Griffiths is at the moment. Hence, it is no surprise that the Hoops are looking to add firepower up front in January as their current options apart from Edouard don’t seem to be good enough.
Can Sporar be a good fit for Celtic?
Sporar’s standout asset is his pace, and he is known for making intelligent runs in between the channels. He is quick, agile and has got decent finishing skills as well. The striker is currently in the prime of his career and Celtic could be a good move for him.
We believe that given Sporar’s qualities, he would be a decent fit at Parkhead. However, it remains to be seen whether he would accept playing second fiddle to Odsonne Edouard or not. At Bratislava, he is currently their main man and the Slovakian outfit might not want to lose him midseason.
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