Frank McAvennie urges Deila to give Stefan Scepovic another chance next season

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Frank McAvennie believes Stefan Scepovic could 'save Celtic a lot of money'.

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has told the Daily Express that manager Ronny Deila should give striker Stefan Scepovic more of a chance next season.

McAvennie, who hit 37 goals in 85 games for the Bhoys, has watched plenty of his former club over the last year, and believes he could have an answer to one of Celtic's problems.

Whilst Leigh Griffiths was superb in the second half of the season, fellow striker John Guidetti has left the club after his loan stay from Manchester City ended.

That leaves Celtic needing to bring in another striker this summer, but the forgotten man in the situation is Serbian international Scepovic.

The 25-year-old arrived last summer having scored 23 goals for Sporting Gijon in the 2013/14 season, but he struggled to make an impact in his first season as a Celtic player, scoring just six goals in 25 appearances.

It's unclear what the future holds for Scepovic after his disappointing debut campaign, but former Bhoys forward McAvennie has told the Daily Express that Scepovic should be given another chance - and that he could prove people wrong, just like Nir Bitton did this past season.

"Scepovic could be the man," said McAvennie. "He could save Celtic a lot of money. I saw him when he played his first game last year in a European tie where he saw the keeper off his line, turned and hit one with his back to goal which missed by a yard or so."

"I was doing radio with Gordon Dalziel and said to him, ‘He looks a good player’. Good players see that, bad players don’t. Gordon Dalziel wouldn’t have seen it! But to see a keeper off his line like that is a special talent. You give him eight games and he could prove to be the striker Celtic crave."

"No one wanted Nir Bitton to play. But I was one of the ones who said on radio, ‘Go and give the guy six to eight games’. All of a sudden they were playing him and he ended up probably Celtic’s best player. I would say to Scepovic, ‘Have six to eight games. Show us what you have got and then we will decide after that'," he added.

Scepovic; should he stay or should he go?

The Serbian certainly struggled in his first season at Celtic, but with so few options at Deila's disposal, he certainly deserves another season to prove himself, rather than have the Bhoys spend more money on more than one other striker.

A striker is likely to be brought in anyway given Guidetti's departure, but with a full pre-season under his belt in Glasgow, Scepovic could certainly prove plenty of people wrong - and become a surprise package next season.

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