Frank McAvennie identifies the one position Celtic still need to strengthen


Frank McAvennie is keen to see Celtic strengthen one key position over the summer transfer window.

Speaking to the Daily Record, former Bhoys striker McAvennie believes that Ronny Deila must focus upon signing a striker in the upcoming transfer window.

“[Leigh] Griffiths is good and has done well this season but he needs some support,” McAvennie said. “I think he [Deila] needs to get an out and out centre-forward and I don’t know if that fits in with the way he sets his team up.

“To be a Celtic striker and not get over ten league goals isn’t good. I would get someone that can guarantee 20 or 30 goals. Strikers can win you games.”

Across all competitions that Celtic have played in this term, Griffiths is the joint-leading scorer, with 15 strikes to his name, along with on-loan John Guidetti. Kris Commons and Stefan Johansen are second and third on that list, with 13 and 12 respectively, but no other player has hit double figures.

Whilst it is good to see that Commons and Johansen are scoring frequently - despite not being strikers - it is a damning indictment on the Celtic squad that they cannot find a striker who is guaranteed to bring goals.

Anthony Stoke has just eight to his name, whilst Stefan Scepovic is on a measly total of four for the season.

The Bhoys certainly need to look into bringing a forward in over the summer, as the loss of Guidetti to Manchester City will hurt them. Griffiths may be scoring goals but he is far from a top level striker, and securing someone who will guarantee them at least 20 goals a season should be a priority.

Deila has little work to do over the summer to improve his promising squad, but signing a striker is the one area that really must be seen to.

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