Could Georgios Samaras be perfect for Celtic as a fifth choice?

The former Celtic striker is available for free. There is very little to lose.

Celtic is a sentimental club.

The rules are different at Parkhead. Where players have left in the past, there isn't often all that much ill feeling. Instead, reports soon surface - sometimes after just months - of a potential return to the Scottish champions.

That's why, a year after Georgios Samaras left Celtic, a return to the Hoops isn't the most outlandish of possibilities.

Once Samaras's West Brom departure was announced last week, Celtic fans were divided on the prospect of a Parkhead return for the Greek but the bottom line was many were open to it.

And, now that the 30-year-old is a free agent, what is there for Celtic to lose if they were to bring Samaras back to Glasgow?

The main setback would be wages. In footballing terms, the Bhoys wouldn't lose out in any way if they made it clear the striker would be the club's fifth choice.

For Samaras, a return to a side things generally worked out at, plus the possibility of helping out against the biggest sides Europe during the Champions League, would be an instant draw. For Celtic, meanwhile, a fifth striker - one that could be acquired without a transfer fee - would add sufficient cover were Ronny Deila to occasionally go two up top or suffer injuries.

The reliability of Anthony Stokes and Stefan Scepovic is also often questioned. An extra man to keep them on their toes wouldn't go amiss. Those who argue the Greek isn't good enough for the Bhoys are right to do so - but he wouldn't be their first choice.

The biggest advantage, as stated, is that Celtic wouldn't lose out in anyway were they to give Samaras a chance. The general consensus is that things didn't work out for him at West Brom due to his fitness. A pay-per-play deal, or simply a contract that reflects a reduced squad status, could sort out that issue.

Then it would simply be a matter of the 30-year-old accepting the offer. And, if he doesn't, Celtic still wouldn't have lost out in any way...

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