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TT Introduces: Charlie Austin as the man who can fill Celtic’s Dembele-shaped hole

TT Introduces: Charlie Austin as the man who can fill Celtic’s Dembele-shaped hole

While Celtic ended the last transfer window with the additions of promising central defender Filip Benkovic and the experienced midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, manager Brendan Rodgers would have been disappointed with the club’s all-round business. 

The decision to sell striker Moussa Dembele so late in the summer, in particular, would have irked the Celtic boss — especially with there being no time to bring in a replacement.

With January fast approaching, though, Rodgers will have the opportunity to line up a successor for the Frenchman. And one name the former Liverpool coach should be looking at is Charlie Austin.

Austin has fallen out of favour at Southampton with Mark Hughes preferring Danny Ings up front and, if his situation at St. Mary’s does not change, he is a centre-forward Celtic would be wise to have on their shortlist.

The 29-year-old has had prolific seasons across all of English football’s main divisions with his one in the 2014/15 Premier League campaign standing out particularly.

In a Queens Park Rangers side, who were eventually relegated back to the Championship, Austin was able to bag 18 goals in 35 appearances and should have no problems replicating such figures in the SPL if he can stay fit.

Austin is a very clever finisher in the box and in a team as dominant as Celtic, it is hard to imagine the Southampton forward not getting chances he is capable of dispatching.

Ultimately, with the departure of Dembele to Lyon and neither Odsonne Edouard or Leigh Griffiths currently firing in the SPL, Celtic could really do with some added firepower.

And Austin could just be the man to give them that as the team chase down an eighth consecutive Scottish League title.

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