So far this ongoing transfer window, Celtic have only signed Poland under-21 international striker Patryk Klimala as manager Neil Lennon looks to boost his attack for the second half of the season.
Rangers have emerged as a huge threat to Celtic’s hope for ten-in-a-row title dreams, and how both sides fare this ongoing January transfer window could have a massive say on who wins the Scottish Premiership title this season.
While the signing of Klimala is expected to help provide quality cover for Odsonne Edouard, Sky Sports pundit David Provan believes this isn’t time for the Celtic to be jumping from one youngster to another, and has urged the club to go for Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle.
“Given how tight the Premiership is just now, I’m guessing Lenny would have asked Nick Hammond to find him a striker who has nothing to prove, someone whose numbers have consistently stacked up.
“In the same way Jermain Defoe has done the business for Rangers, there are strikers in England who would do Celts a turn in the short term.
“Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle is one of them. Recently linked with a move to Ibrox, Gayle scored 23 goals on loan at West Brom last season. Now bombed out by Toon boss Steve Bruce, he’d surely fancy a shift in Glasgow.”
Gaye has found playing minutes hard to come by at Newcastle United, with just nine appearances to his name so far in the Premier League this season.
While he could be a fine addition to Celtic’s attacking unit, his current and reported £40,000-a-week wages would prove to be a stumbling block to a Parkhead move.
Also, with the Magpies valuing him at around £20 million, Celtic doesn’t seem ready to spend such an hefty price – even half of it – on a striker approaching the twilight of his career.
Provan, meanwhile, also recommended West Bromwich Albion’s Charlie Austin and Brighton’s Glenn Murray as another option the Hoops could lure to Glasgow this month.
While the duo are also currently surplus to requirements at their respective clubs, we believe either of them plying his trade in Scotland for Celtic could help the club land a ninth consecutive title.