Celtic have a great chance at making the loan move of John Guidetti permanent, but the player should be looking higher than the Scottish Premiership.
Two strikers enjoying excellent campaigns this season are Celtic’s John Guidetti and Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac.
The French club have been linked with a move for the young Swedish striker in recent months and with Gignac’s contract up at the end of the season, the Manchester City-owned youngster could be a possible replacement for OM, and a move to France would be a much better step for Guidetti than staying in the Scottish Premiership.
When speaking about Celtic’s chances in the Europa League, the 22-year-old told the club’s official website: “It’s the medals we want and the medals we live for.
"I want to win every single competition that we are in. We can win the Europa League but it’s all about how hard we work for each other.”
Even as champions of Scotland, Celtic would have to go through the qualifying rounds to try to win a place in the Champions League. Which is never as straightforward as the Scottish club would hope.
Marseille’s 2-1 win over Lille on Sunday has secured OM’s place as Autumn champions this season. Finishing in the top two in Ligue 1 would confirm a place in next season’s Champions League group stage.
If Guidetti wants to win trophies and develop as a player, playing for Marcelo Bielsa in Ligue 1 would do so much more for him than playing in Scotland’s top division.
Experience in the Champions League would be crucial and with Gignac most likely moving on a free, Guidetti would be coming in to fight Michy Batshuayi for a place in the Marseille attack. Bielsa also showed on Sunday that he could accommodate two forwards in his line-up.
Guidetti was part of the Sweden squad that played in Paris last month, and he was asked by the French press about the rumours linking him to the Ligue 1 league leaders.
"Marseille is a beautiful city with an amazing stadium, I was not aware of this interest but it’s always nice to hear that a big club like this monitors you because it means you’re doing a good job," he said.
With no disrespect to Celtic and the rest of the Scottish league, the competition week in, week out, can’t compare to that of Ligue 1. It would prove as the perfect stepping stone if the Swedish striker wants to go on to play for one of the big marquee teams in Europe.
Celtic is still a huge name worldwide - there is no doubt about that - but if Guidetti wants to develop further, then he should reject a permanent move to Scotland and seek out a transfer to to Marseille.