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Frank McAvennie's reason for expecting John Guidetti deal at Celtic

Frank McAvennie wants to see the Celtic board make a statement in January and expects John Guidetti to sign as he has stopped scoring goals.

Ahead of the January transfer window, there remain a number of issues outstanding for Celtic to address.

Who will be leaving? Who will be arriving?

Is there money to spend? Will they have to sell to generate funds?

Can key men be retained? Are there deals to be done for top targets?

Former Hoops striker Frank McAvennie hopes the Parkhead board will do all they can to support boss Ronny Deila, with it important for the club to end the month stronger than they start it.

He said in the Daily Record: “A lot will depend on whether Peter Lawwell loosens the purse strings and allows Deila to buy in January. I’m the kind of supporter who craves a marquee signing and I can’t remember our last big-name transfer.”

Earlier in the season, it appeared as though a permanent deal for on-loan striker John Guidetti would be the statement signing Celtic fans craved.

The Manchester City forward has, however, seen the goals dry up and McAvennie is not convinced that he is the right option – with several other clubs reported to be keen on the Swede.

He said on Guidetti and the alternative options available to Deila: “I’d like to see (Stefan) Scepovic get an extended run. There’s a good player in Scepovic trying to get out, he causes problems to opposing defences. Guidetti I’m still not sure about.

“If the Swede continues not to score he’s a certainty to sign for Celtic!”

McAvennie’s comments may be tongue-in-cheek, but Celtic have worked hard to put a deal for Guidetti in place.

They agreed a fee when taking him from City and did all they could in the build up to the festive period to curb rumours of him heading elsewhere.

There is now a fear, though, that they could waste vital funds on a player suffering a confidence crisis and a big decision will need to be made on whether he can rediscover his spark and win over his doubters.

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