Celtic have been rocked in their pursuit of Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet following news that English Football League club Swansea City have submitted a £5m offer for his services, as per PLZ Soccer on Twitter.
The Lowdown: Nisbet is one of the most recognisable players in Scotland
Enjoying a rapid rise up the Scottish footballing pyramid, the 24-year-old has become one of the most recognisable players in the country due to his goal-scoring consistency. Last season, he excelled for Hibs in his maiden top-flight campaign, netting 18 goals in 44 appearances [Transfermarkt].
Unsurprisingly, he was labelled as ‘excellent’ by his manager Jack Ross after a stellar performance against Celtic last term [Edinburgh Reporter], and he could be set for a move to the English Championship following a recent update.
Should Celtic make a late swoop for Kevin Nisbet?
The Latest: Hoops rocked as Swansea submit late offer for Nisbet
Despite being a known target for Celtic in the summer transfer window, Swansea City have made a move for Nisbet for around £5m with deadline day fast approaching, as reported by PLZ Soccer on Twitter.
Football League World had also reported of the south Wales club’s interest and claimed that, with three years left to run on his contract at Easter Road, there may be stumbling blocks in the way as the Swans attempt to strike a deal.
The Verdict: Celtic should firm up Nisbet interest or risk missing out
As speculation continues to swirl regarding Odsonne Edouard’s future at Celtic [The Guardian], potentially missing out on a predatory striker such as Nisbet would no doubt come as a blow to Ange Postecoglou’s side.
Capable of executing a variety of finishes, the Partick Thistle youth product has become a fully-fledged international, scoring on his debut for Scotland in a 2-2 draw against Netherlands in June [BBC].
He would provide a reliable focal point for the Celts in attack, illustrated by his average shots per game ratio of 3.02 last term in the Premiership [FBRef].
Nisbet is also a boyhood Celtic supporter, so potentially passing up the chance to sign someone who understands the honour of playing for the Hoops may prove to be a regret in the future.
In other news, Celtic look set to sign a Greek international. Find out more here.
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