Why Celtic should look to sign the soon-to-be-released Sunderland player.
Following the news that Sunderland will not be renewing the contract of young striker Mikael Mandron this summer there are likely to be plenty of clubs interested in the 21-year-old, and Celtic would be wise to make a move before someone else does.
The Scotland under-20 international has a decent record at under-21 level for the Black Cats, scoring 22 goals and providing 10 assists in 61 appearances to date, and having also found the net during brief loan spells at Fleetwood Town and Hartlepool United, he could ultimately fulfil his potential with the Bhoys.
Mandron is far from the finished article but there would be no risk involved in signing him on a short-term deal given his contract situation.
Celtic have proved savvy with many of their recent young signings and Mandron will be looking to prove Sunderland wrong wherever he ends up next.
Signing a striker with the bit between his teeth and a point to prove is always a smart move and Mandron’s innate ability in front of goal should not be ignored.
Celtic arte likely to sign a number of new players this summer, but when it comes to young free agents there would be few better options than the French-born forward.