Celtic’s uncharacteristically tremulous opening to the season was steadied with a 1-0 victory in the Old Firm derby prior to the international break, but their 0-0 draw with St Mirren on Friday night served to resurrect feelings of discontent at the club.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are far from reaching crisis point but their opening to the season is hardly filling the supporters with confidence. The fact Celtic’s credentials are being called into question after picking up 10 points from the opening 5 fixtures speaks volumes about the extent of their dominance in recent years, and it’s likely that a familiar feeling of confidence will return in the coming months.
However, there is no doubt that Celtic have struggled to create opportunities in the final-third so far this season and the departures of both Moussa Dembele and Patrick Roberts have certainly contributed to their lack of firepower.
With that to consider, Rodgers should be scouting the market for promising attacking talents who could inject creative flair at Celtic Park, and one man he should certainly have his eye on is Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser.
The bullish wing-wizard came through the ranks at Aberdeen as a youngster before he completed a transfer worth a measly £432k to join Bournemouth in January 2018.
Combining frightening speed with a low centre of gravity and a fantastic technique when striking the ball, Fraser has worked diligently to break into the first-team at Bournemouth since arriving on the south coast as a 19-year-old.
It appears that Fraser’s determination has paid off as he made 23 Premier League starts for the club last season and he has been selected from the outset for all 6 of Bournemouth’s fixtures so far this season, scoring 4 goals and providing 3 assists in the process.
Fraser is at his most dangerous when he is given license to operate from the left-wing and cut inside onto his favoured right-foot, and his presence in the Celtic starting line-up would provide the club with a player who would excite the Celtic Park faithful with his direct style of play.
After slowly establishing a solid reputation in the Premier League there’s no doubt that Fraser has what it takes to thrive at a club of Celtic’s standing where expectations are enormously high and, although Bournemouth are in a position to command a transfer fee well in excess of the £432k they paid for him, it would be a price well worth paying for the club.
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