Celtic eye seven-figure swoop for Premier League starlet

Taiwo Awoniyi

Just as you thought Celtic were out of the woods, they're now down a rabbit hole with little way of escaping.

The last couple of weeks have been tough on the Hoops. The stupidity of defender Boli Bolingoli caused Neil Lennon's side to postpone two matches.

He embarrassed the club greatly, and as a result, they're now six points behind Rangers.

The Bhoys returned to action by beating Dundee last weekend but things took a turn for the worse on Wednesday night.

Celtic utterly humiliated themselves as they were dumped out of the Champions League in the qualifying stages by losing to Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros.

This was not how their season was supposed to go. In an ideal world, they'd secure their places in the group stages and then go onto win their tenth SPFL crown in a row.

That, however, is looking like a trickier task than first imagined. 


How will Celtic react? There are a plethora of questions to be answered here. Does it impact their ability to keep hold of Odsonne Edouard? No one really knows how the Frenchman will be feeling.

After all, he was left out of the squad that lost on Wednesday. What a mistake. 

If he does leave, then the good news is that Nick Hammond has someone in mind to replace him.

According to The Daily Star, Celtic will target young Liverpool forward Taiwo Awoniyi.

The 23-year-old spent a portion of last season on loan in the Bundesliga with Mainz but didn't really set the world alight.

That being said, the Bhoys are ready to pay a seven-figure sum for the player with the report stating he could cost in the region of £9m. 


GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Let's get straight to the point here. Awoniyi would not be a suitable replacement for Edouard.

You only need to look at his age and their respective scoring records.

Celtic's main man found the net on 27 occasions last term but the man who could come in and take his place scored just once. There is a clear winner here by a country mile. 

Certainly, in terms of his recent form, Awoniyi has been poor but that's not to say that he couldn't be an investment for the future. 

He scored 14 goals in Belgian football throughout the 2018/19 campaign, a league where Rangers have just acquired Kemar Roofe from.


Whether he could rediscover that prowess in front of goal remains to be seen, but he has been compared to one of the Champions League's greatest ever strikers. 

Speaking about Awoniyi in 2016, Dutch journalist Jermain Leitbig hailed the attacker for his displays on loan at NEC Nijmegen. He said: "He has a high sense of positional awareness, always adept in getting into scoring positions. He reminds me of a young Van Nistelrooy, always lurking." 

Fine praise indeed, but one has to question whether he'd be up to the task of replacing Edouard. It would be a difficult challenge for anyone.

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