Chris Sutton suggests John Guidetti’s departure could help Stefan Scepovic

Celtic FC

Stefan Scepovic can play an important role at Celtic next season following the departure of John Guidetti, suggests Chris Sutton.

Chris Sutton has suggested in The Daily Record that the departure of John Guidetti could help Stefan Scepovic next season.

Sweden international striker Guidetti played on loan for Celtic from Manchester City last season, but he is no longer at the Scottish Premiership champions.

Scepovic failed to make a major impact at Celtic Park last season and struggled for regular playing time due to competition for places.

Former Celtic striker Sutton is not entirely happy with the 25-year-old Serbia international’s performances last season, but he believes that he could show his quality in the upcoming 2015-16 campaign.

“I’ll be honest, I still think there is something there with Scepovic," the 42-year-old wrote in The Daily Record. "I did expect him to be more of a physical presence when he signed, bashing defenders out of the way to reach cross balls.

“But he can score goals and has other attributes. With a run in the team, you wonder if he could get regular goals because his record in Spain suggests that’s the case.

“It was hard for him last year with everyone expecting more of a Hartson type but he can finish and does seem to be a natural in the box.

“He has unfinished business this season and might see this a fresh start with John Guidetti now gone.”

Disappointing season

Scepovic joined Scottish giants Celtic from Spanish club Sporting Gijon in the summer of 2014.

The 25-year-old striker signed a four-year contract and cost £2.3 million in transfer fee, as reported by BBC Sport at the time.

The Serbia international arrived in Scotland with a strong reputation, having scored 22 goals in the Spanish second tier in the 2013-14 campaign.

The former Partizan star, though, failed to take the Scottish Premiership by storm and did not have a great season on a personal level.

Scepovic could score just four goals in 18 league appearances for champions Celtic.

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