Celtic have had a lot of success with French strikers over the past few seasons.
Fans at Celtic Park would have been devastated over the summer when they saw star striker Moussa Dembélé left for Lyon.
Dembélé’s deputy last season Odsonne Edouard signed permanently for The Bhoys over the summer, but had the beginning of his season delayed with an injury.
Although both Edouard and Leigh Griffiths are fit and well, Brendan Rodgers would still want an extra man to not only provide depth, but also quality to the Scottish Champions. The first man they must look to should be Brentford’s Frenchman Neal Maupay.
The 22-year-old striker scored 12 goals in 42 games for Dean Smith’s men last year, but wasn’t necessarily a first choice throughout the season. However, this season he has come into his own and looks to be a real threat in the Championship.
The France under-21 international has already scored nine goals in nine games this season, bagging three assists as well. He is an early front runner for the Championship Player of the Year, as The Bees have made a great start to their season.
Despite Brentford’s positive start to the season, promotion may still be a step too far for the club. From Maupay’s perspective, Celtic would be the perfect place to progress his career. Rodgers will be crying out for additional class to add to his squad, and the Frenchman may be his answer.
Celtic failed to qualify for the Champions League this year, and that caused a major backlash from the Northern Irishman, blaming his board for their lack of support. To appease their disgruntled manager, senior officials may go on a spending spree at Celtic Park, and Maupay (valued at £4.5m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) could be the peace offering.
He has the skill and versatility to take Celtic to the next level, where they are no longer simply a domestic force, but on the European stage too. At 22, the striker is only going to improve, and Celtic should try and be the benefactors of his career progression.
Rodgers and all Celtic fans will be sick of seeing their side dominate the Scottish Premiership, but fail miserably in Europe. Maupay may be able to provide everyone with what they desperately want.
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