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Forget Doyle! Celtic should be signing Tom Bradshaw if they want a League One striker

Celtic should seriously consider making a move for Walsall front-man Tom Bradshaw in the coming month.

Celtic have been heavily linked with Chesterfield striker in Eoin Doyle, but if they are looking for a League One centre-forward then there are better options in the division.

Doyle has been in fine form for the the Spireites to date this campaign, scoring 23 times in 28 appearances in England's third tier, but his current club's asking price of £1.5 million does look inflated.

Doyle is entering the peak of his career at 26, and he has never really succeeded at a higher level than he currently is playing at.

Indeed, earlier in his career, when playing for Hibernian, his record in Scotland was less than remarkable - with the striker claiming just 11 goals in 49 appearances.

Although he has developed since, it would be a major risk to expect him to deliver the performances required to make him live up to his fee and the Bhoys may be better off pursuing one of his contenders for the golden boot in League One. 

Walsall's Tom Bradshaw may be a lesser known quantity, but the rate that he is hitting the back of the net is sure to see his name up in lights soon.

A clinical finisher, blessed with excellent off the ball movement and a great amount of pace, he looks to have all the qualities to be a success at a higher level. 

Bradshaw has scored 15 times in 23 games for Dean Smith's side and, considering he is four years younger than Doyle, he looks a far better investment of Celtic's money.

Walsall are understood to be desperate to keep hold of Doyle, but they don't have the financial strength to hold off big bids for their key players and would likely have to relinquish Bradshaw should a hefty sum come there way. 

The transfer would still represent a gamble for the Bhoys, but it would be far less of a risk than any move for Doyle and he is a player they should seriously be thinking about, should they want to dip into the English lower-league market. 

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