Celtic have reportedly joined the race to sign striker Kevin Nisbet from Dunfermline and would be prepared to outbid other clubs to try and get him.
Football Insider reported that the Hoops are monitoring the 22-year-old, who has impressed the club’s scouts with his performances in the Championship.
According to Football Insider, their city rivals are also keeping tabs on the forward, but Celtic are apparently intent on blowing them away if it comes to a bidding war for him.
Nisbet has been in fine scoring form for Dunfermline this season, scoring 11 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions, as well as providing five assists. [via TransferMarkt]
Celtic have already seen him at close quarters in recent months, with the striker playing against the Hoops in a Betfred Cup fixture in August, when he featured for 85 minutes and gave Christopher Jullien a difficult afternoon, as noted by BBC.
The 22-year-old was the top scorer in Scottish League One last season after netting 29 times in the division for Raith, while he has continued to be prolific for Dunfermline a level above, bagging 11 times this term.
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However, in 17 Premiership appearances for Partick Thistle across three seasons, he did not find the net once (as per TransferMarkt), so any questions over his ability to thrive at the highest level of Scottish football would be legitimate.
Nisbet is not the first Championship striker to have been linked with a move to Celtic in recent weeks – Football Insider reported last month that the Hoops have lined up “regular transfer missions” on Dundee United’s Lawrence Shankland, who has struck 19 times in 18 games this season and scored for Scotland in just his second international appearance.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon does not have a huge depth of centre-forward options available. While Odsonne Edouard has again been reliable this season, with 12 goals to his name already, both Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo have had their injury problems. Also, teenager Jonathan Afolabi has yet to make a senior appearance, having come to the club from Southampton in the summer.
Nisbet has shown that he can be a reliable goalscorer, although his inability to find the net at Premiership level in his time at Partick Thistle suggests that he might not be massively prolific if he were to join Celtic.
However, with the Hoops lacking in centre-forward depth, the Dunfermline man certainly seems like he could be a good squad player, if he can be acquired for a reasonable price.
Celtic fans, do you think Nisbet is worth pursuing or do the Hoops need a better calibre of striker at the club? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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