Grading Celtic's front four: Good enough or does Deila need new blood?

Celtic Parkhead

A look at what Celtic's four strikers offer the Scottish champions.

Leigh Griffiths - A

When it comes to Celtic's front four and whether it's good enough for a campaign in the Champions League group stages, Leigh Griffiths naturally leads the way.

The Bhoys' top scorer last season, there is little doubt he is a man capable of leading Ronny Deila's line - and there isn't much more to it than that!

Nadir Ciftci - B+

A heavily praised addition to Celtic's front line, especially after a promising debut against Real Socided, Nadir Ciftci should offer the Bhoys plenty of creativity and good finishing next season. As a summer signing, the 23-year-old looks promising. He can add something where Celtic may have needed improvement last term and can help Deila vary things up.

Stefan Scepovic - C+

The issue with the Hoops' front line, of course, is their back-up two. Stefan Scepovic wasn't given much of a chance last term but divides opinion. Many supporters have criticised him while others want to see more.

In terms of a well-rounded front four, then, Celtic could be let down when it comes to their depth. If Scepovic is given more opportunities, he could yet prove himself - that's why it's a C but with a +.

Anthony Stokes - C

Here is where the Bhoys could well bet let down, however, and Deila's opportunity to conduct further transfer business if he isn't fully happy with his strikers. The 26-year-old divides opinion even more than Scepovic and looks far below Griffiths and Ciftci (already) in the pecking order. If Celtic are to swap or sell any of their forwards, Anthony Stokes is the prime candidate.

One up top or two?

Any striker analysis at Parkhead works on the current basis that Deila is a fan of playing one up top. As many have recently suggested, however, the Celtic boss might be missing a trick in not playing two up top - namely Griffiths and Ciftci. With that system, both Scepovic and Stokes could get more chances and the Bhoys could even use another striker as a back-up.

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