Scott Sinclair’s genius backheel goal was enough to give Celtic all three points against Aberdeen at the weekend.
Brendan Rodgers was starting to feel the pressure after three games in the Scottish Premiership without a win. In a back and forth encounter, it was Celtic who looked likelier to score with Odsonne Eduaord striking the post. Craig Gordon made an excellent save to deny Gary Mackay-Steven before Sinclair broke the deadlock with an audacious effort to hand Celtic a much-needed victory.
Attention now switches to the Europa League and a fixture against Austrian champions, Red Bull Salzburg. Celtic fans will be disappointed to hear that Eduoard could miss the game due to a dead leg suffered against the Dons. His problem means Celtic are short on numbers up top which Rodgers should look to address in the January transfer window.
One man he should consider signing is Tottenham Hotspur outcast – Fernando Llorente. Valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, the Spaniard hasn’t enjoyed his time in North London having played back up to Harry Kane for the entirety of his career under Mauricio Pochettino. With less than one year remaining on his contract, Celtic could snap him up at a knockdown price in January.
While his form at Tottenham has left much to be desired, Llorente was scoring for fun when playing regularly in the Premier League with Swansea. The Spaniard racked up an impressive 15 goals in 33 appearances before leaving the club. The World Cup winner also has experience in Europe, leading the line for Athletic Bilbao during their road to the Europa League final under Marcelo Bielsa in 2012.
The 33-year-old would add another dimension to the Celtic forward line and give Rodgers a quality rotation option in attack.
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