Celtic boss Deila has laid out plans to sign a new attacking player in January, the Evening Times reports.
Leigh Griffiths has taken the brunt of the goalscoring task this season, and has excelled in the final third, but there is little depth behind him.
Nadir Ciftci arrived from Dundee United over the summer, but has yet to suggest he is good enough for the Bhoys. Admittedly he has been offered few chances due to Griffiths’ form, but whenever taking to the field of play, the Turkish forward looks far from the required quality for Deila’s team.
These struggles have led Deila to assess his squad, and the report claims that a new attacker is a priority when the January transfer window opens in a few weeks.
The head coach wants a player to provide realistic competition for Griffiths, and it is claimed that Deila wants the player he brings in to be an experienced option, to make up for the relative youth of both Griffiths (25) and Ciftci (23).
Deila himself has commented on a potential arrival in January, with the head coach quoted in the report as saying: “We have a lot of talent, but we need some experience in the team. That is important.”
There are no indications as to who Celtic are targeting to fill this role next month, but there is a guarantee that a new striker will be turning out at Parkhead as February 2016 comes around.