Derby County Championship play-off hero good fit for Celtic

Having just accepted a call-up to the Scotland national team, Rams striker Chris Martin may be the man the Bhoys have been searching for.

Not to be confused with the Coldplay frontman of the same name, Chris Martin has emerged as arguably the hottest striker currently plying his trade in the Championship with Derby County.

And while the prospect of playing in the Premier League for the Rams is likely to be a tempting one, the 25-year-old could nevertheless represent the ideal target for Celtic.

Bhoys manager Neil Lennon has made no secret of his desire to recruit a striker this summer, as the club prepares for life without Georgios Samaras.

Recent weeks have seen the club linked with a move for former Hoops hero Gary Hooper, who struggled to make an impact in the Premier League this term with the newly-relegated Norwich City.

But with the former Scunthorpe United forward likely to prove an expensive purchase, Lennon and Celtic could be better served with a move for Martin, who has hit arguably the best form of his career under Steve McClaren at Derby.

A former Canaries academy graduate himself, the Suffolk-born striker possesses strength in abundance, having led the line for the Rams this term.

And he has proven himself to be an excellent finisher this term, with a tally of 20 goals so far this campaign, including crucial strikes both home and away against Brighton in the play-off semi-finals.

It could be enough to convince Lennon to take a gamble on the forward, with the Northern Irishman undoubtedly eager to uncover another Hooper in the making.

Martin may also favour a move to Celtic and the opportunity to play in the Champions League – something he could only ever dream of with Derby.

And having just been called up to the Scotland squad by manager Gordon Strachan, a stint north-of-the-border could do his chances of playing regularly an international level the world of good.

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