Why John Guidetti isn’t the striker Celtic need

Celtic Parkhead

John Guidetti has a decision to make about his future in the summer, but Celtic shouldn't go out of their way to sign the striker.

It is unlikely John Guidetti would opt for a permanent stay at Celtic Park, with signing on fees already derailing a potential move to Feyenoord, according to the Daily Record.

Any move to bring Guidetti to Celtic once his Manchester City contract expires in the summer would be a costly exercise and the question has to be asked if he has shown enough at Celtic this season to warrant an expensive summer move.

There is no doubting that the 23-year-old is a good player, and his scoring record at the beginning of the season proved that when he scored 11 goals in 12 games, including a hat-trick against Partick Thistle in the 6-0 Scottish League Cup win.

Guidetti went through a long spell without a goal from 3rd December 2014 to 19th February 2015, only scoring three times between his effort against Inter Milan and his last appearance against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.

He is currently enduring a three-game run without a goal while his alternative, Leigh Griffiths, is scoring freely, including a recent hat-trick against Kilmarnock.

But consistency is key for a striker at a club like Celtic where the demands are to win every domestic competition and qualify for the Champions League, and failing that, compete in the Europa League.

In order to challenge on all fronts, the Bhoys need to add to their striking options of Griffiths and Stefan Scepovic, but Guidetti doesn’t bring any Champions League experience with him, and that is what Celtic really need.

The main aim at the start of next season will be Champions League qualification, and Deila will have to act quickly to have any new signings in the door before that campaign starts.

There is no doubting that Celtic need to add to their pool of strikers, but Deila needs to look elsewhere for a goal-getter that can aid the club’s ambition in Europe and provide support to the other forwards.

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