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Celtic should consider Jermain Defoe loan

Jermain Defoe of Bournemouth poses with the trophy for Carling Premier League Goal of the Month for December 2017 on January 11, 2018 in Bournemouth, England.

Celtic must sign a short-term replacement for Leigh Griffiths as soon as possible, and what a signing Jermain Defoe would be.

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown on December 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers revealed today that personal reasons will result in Leigh Griffiths missing a number of months.

Griffiths's wellbeing is of paramount importance, but from a footballing perspective Celtic must sign a short-term replacement for the Scottish star.


The 28-year-old, who has over 100 goals for the club, is a massive player for Rodgers and failing to sign somebody to deputise for him in the short term would be potentially disastrous for the Hoops' season, although they still have Odsonne Edouard.

Plenty of names will be linked with moves to Parkhead over the coming weeks as January approaches, but should Rodgers consider a loan for Jermain Defoe? In a word, yes.


The Premier League legend, who has 162 goals in England's top flight, has managed only 21 minutes of football for Bournemouth this season.

The Sun reported that Crystal Palace are interested, but there's no reason why a half-season loan shouldn't also appeal to Celtic.

By virtue of the fact that Kenny Miller - who scored a hat-trick for Dundee earlier this month - is still banging them in, you could safely say that Defoe, two years younger than the Rangers legend, would take the Scottish Premiership by storm.

Jermain Defoe of Sunderland celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on May 7, 2016 in...

Finances would be an issue if Rodgers sought him on a long-term deal, but surely the Bhoys, who made a profit of £17 million last summer, have enough in the coffers to make this transfer feasible.

Celtic fans will be devastated to hear of Griffiths's problems, from a footballing perspective but also a personal one, given his standing with the Parkhead faithful, but bringing in Defoe would undeniably excite supporters.

Jermain Defoe of Sunderland during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on May 16, 2017 in London, England.

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