Celtic face competition from Spartak Moscow and FC Krasnodar in their pursuit of Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet, as reported by the Daily Record.
The Lowdown: Celtic eyeing firepower ahead of 2021/22
Looking towards 2021/22, newly-appointed Hoops manager Ange Postecoglou will be desperate to acquire some extra firepower in the final third as he plots a Premiership title challenge this term.
Club icon Leigh Griffiths has agreed a new one-year contract extension, but talismanic figure Odsonne Edouard looks set to leave Parkhead in the midst of interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham [The Scottish Sun].
Frantically searching for potential alternatives, the Celts now may have to go all guns blazing to land one particular target after recent developments.
Would Nisbet be a good replacement for Edouard?
The Latest: Nisbet subject to Russian interest; contact has been made
Nisbet is attracting interest from Champions League qualifiers Spartak Moscow alongside fellow Russian Premier League side FC Krasnodar [Daily Record].
These reports have been backed up by the 24-year-old’s agent Nicky Nicholson, who stated: “Krasnodar is really interested in Kevin. They first got in touch a few months ago, and since then we have been in touch.
“He also likes Spartak Moscow. They got in touch, we talked.” [Daily Record].
In January, the striker looked all but set to join English Championship outfit Birmingham City before a move collapsed at the final hurdle [Birmingham Mail].
The Verdict: Nisbet would be a tailor-made addition for Celtic
Due to a multitude of different factors, it is hard to see too many concrete arguments against Nisbet being an excellent prospective addition at Celtic.
Familiar with the Scottish top flight, deadly in front of goal and possessing a growing reputation on the international scene, he could become the ideal replacement for Edouard should the Frenchman leave Celtic this summer.
In 2020/21, the former Dunfermline talisman chipped in with a whopping 26 goal contributions from 44 appearances, with 18 goals and eight assists [Transfermarkt].
He recently scored his first goal for Scotland in a 2-2 draw with Netherlands last month [BBC], and it is easy to see why he was once labelled as ‘excellent’ by his current manager Jack Ross [The Edinburgh Reporter].
Always eager to get involved in attacking play, he recorded the highest average shots-per-game rate in the Hibernian squad across the 2020/21 season with 2.5 per match [WhoScored].
Celtic should absolutely look to tie a deal up for the forward before somebody else does.
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