The summer transfer saga which saw Moussa Dembele depart Celtic on transfer deadline day left a bitter taste in the mouths of Celtic supporters as they were left without ample time to secure a replacement.
At the end of a summer in which a growing feeling of frustration culminated with Celtic’s exit from the Champions League in the 3rd qualifying round, Celtic were dealt a huge blow as they waved goodbye to Dembele on deadline day.
The presence of both Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffths has ensured that Celtic were not completely plunged into deep water by Dembele’s eleventh hour decision, but a serious injury to either of Brendan Rodgers’ first-choice strikers would leave Celtic in a precarious situation.
With that to consider, it’s fair to assume that Celtic will be scouting the market for a new striker as they seek to find an ideal replacement for Dembele.
Although his style of play is more functional and less easy on the eye than Dembele’s, Swansea City’s top goalscorer, Oliver McBurnie, should be firmly on Celtic’s radar in the coming months after his prolific start to the campaign.
Swansea managed to secure McBurnie’s services for a measly fee of just £315k back in 2015, but on the evidence of his performances so far this season it’s fair to say his value has skyrocketed since then.
The 22-year-old striker failed to break into Swansea’s first-team during the first half of the 2017/18 campaign but he proved his quality after embarking on a short term loan deal in the January transfer window.
9 goals from 17 Championship appearances for Barnsley convinced the recently recruited Swansea chief, Graham Potter, to trust him at the spearhead of the attack this season – a decision which has proven to be a masterstroke thus far.
McBurnie has notched 4 goals from 6 games and provided Swansea with a tenacious presence upfront with his willingness to work the channels and win plenty of aerial duels high up the pitch.
His physical style and commanding aerial presence are traits which were not typically associated with Dembele during his time at Celtic and he certainly wouldn’t represent a like-for-like replacement.
However, if McBurnie continues to build upon the progress he has made in 2018 for the remainder of the campaign, Rodgers would be be incredibly wise to sign him for Celtic.
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