Former Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan feels that Celtic should try to secure the signature of Glenn Murray in the January transfer window, believing that he would “score a bag full of goals” for the Hoops.
Earlier this week, transfer expert Duncan Castles told the Reach Plc Transfer Window podcast [via Daily Star] that the Scottish champions view the veteran Brighton striker as “a strong option to improve their squad” and hope to get him in on loan this month.
Whelan thinks that the 36-year-old would be an ideal addition to Neil Lennon’s squad, saying that he could also offer the type of centre-forward presence that Odsonne Edouard brings to the side and that his potential signing could even determine the Premiership title race.
Speaking about Murray to Football Insider, he said: “He’s a goalscorer, he’s got a big appetite for the game, he’s fit, he’s ready to go.
“I think we’ve seen that when Edouard is not in the side, they lack a presence, Glenn Murray would offer you that straight away. And I have no doubt that at that level he’ll score a bag full of goals for Celtic. And that could be the difference to where the league title goes in Scotland.”
Whelan’s assertion about Murray being “a goalscorer” is firmly justified by the veteran’s fine record over the last three seasons for Brighton.
However, he has fallen out of favour under Graham Potter this term, making just four starts in all competitions, and his lack of game-time at the Amex Stadium could persuade him to try his luck elsewhere.
Murray may be 36 but he has proven more than capable of standing out at English Premier League level, with 25 goals in the division in the last two full seasons, and Celtic don’t need to look too far for a case study in how experienced strikers can enjoy an Indian summer in the Scottish Premiership.
Jermain Defoe, who turned 37 last October, went to Rangers on loan a year ago after struggling for minutes at Bournemouth and has since struck 22 goals in 46 games for the Ibrox outfit, including 11 in the league this season. [via TransferMarkt]
Whelan’s comments about Celtic lacking a “presence” without Edouard up top are also quite relevant. While the Frenchman has distinguished himself with 16 goals already in the current campaign, their other senior centre-forwards Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo have just four goals between them.
The Hoops would seem far more lightweight in attack without Edouard in the team and Murray is a proven scorer in one of Europe’s major leagues, so it’s not hard to see why Whelan feels he could make an enormous difference to Celtic if Lennon can attract him to Parkhead in this month’s transfer window.
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