Could Celtic pass up club-record Odsonne Edouard deal for free-agent Borja Iglesias?

Manager of Celtic Brendan Rodgers celebrates with fans the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership giants Celtic are having a look at Real Zaragoza striker Borja Iglesias - what does this mean for their PSG loanee?

Manager of Celtic Brendan Rodgers celebrates with fans the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It is less than a month since the January transfer window closed but it seems that Celtic are already drawing up their summer plans.

According to Spanish paper El Periodico de Aragorn, the Scottish giants are closely watching Real Zaragoza striker Borja Iglesias and with good reason. The 25-year-old, who is on loan from Celta Vigo, has been in impressive form in the Spanish second tier this season with 12 goals in 26 games.

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A 6ft 2ins striker renowned for his strength in the air, Iglesias is certainly different to the skilful strikers currently at Brendan Rodgers’ disposal.

Celtic fans display their support during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

And it will not have passed Rodgers by that Iglesias’ contract at parent club Celta Vigo, where he has made just one La Liga appearance in three years, is set to expire this summer.

So could we see a situation where Celtic turn down the chance to sign loanee Odsonne Edouard from PSG for a club-record £7 million – and instead bring a free-agent to Parkhead?

Now this would hardly be the most eye-catching statement of intent from a Hoops’ side whose iron-fisted domination of the division seems to be coming under renewed threat, but Edouard is simply not worthy of being the biggest signing in Celtic’s history.

Odsonne Edouard of Celtic celebrates after he scores his third goal to complete a hat-trick during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on...

A tally of five goals in nine Scottish Premiership starts is impressive, but the fact that Rodgers clearly has not trusted the 20-year-old Frenchman to lead the line more frequently suggests he has his doubts. As recently as last month, the manager said he was in 'no rush' to tie Odsonne down to a permanent deal, as reported by the Mail.

Signing Iglesias instead would allow Celtic to focus on other areas of the squad in need of reinforcement, particularly in goal, at centre-half and in midfield.

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