Alan Stubbs suggests Chelsea's Olivier Giroud for Celtic

Hibernian Manager Alan Stubbs celebrates during the Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian at Hampden Park on May 21, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic are in the market for strikers ahead of the January window.

St Mirren manager Alan Stubbs looks on during the Betfred Scottish League Cup match between Kilmarnock and St Mirren at Rugby Park on July 13, 2018 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Alan Stubbs has told BT Sport that he believes Celtic should consider signing a striker like Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud ahead of the January transfer window.

Brendan Rodgers has openly admitted that he is looking to sign two strikers in the upcoming window, with Leigh Griffiths taking time out from football while Odsonne Edouard suffered an injury against Motherwell on Wednesday night.

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It leaves Rodgers with little options up front, after Celtic sold Moussa Dembele to French side Lyon on deadline day - giving themselves no time to bring in a replacement.

 

The likes of Scott Sinclair and Mikey Johnston can play up front, but Stubbs reckons Celtic need a striker like Chelsea's target man Giroud in the January window.

"It's a horrible window for a manager because you're getting a player no-one wants," Stubbs said. "They're not necessarily going to fit into your squad. You've got to do something to be seen as bringing players in.

"I think Celtic need a player along the lines of Olivier Giroud. He would cost a bit, especially wages wise, but we're talking about Celtic here."

19th December 2018, Stamford Bridge, London, England; Carabao Cup football, quarter final, Chelsea versus Bournemouth; Olivier Giroud of Chelsea giving the thumbs up to the fans after full...

The 87-time France international has started just five of his 14 Premier League appearances this season. Indeed, he has been forced to play back-up to Alvaro Morata, being used more often in the Europa League.

He has still managed to score five goals and create four more in 20 appearances. He is renowned for his aerial prowess, intelligence when it comes to positioning in the opposition box and a deft touch for a big man.

Giroud earns a huge £120,000 a week at Chelsea (Spotrac) and the likelihood Celtic convincing a player of his calibre to move to Scotland is unlikely. But his contract is set to expire at the end of the season, meaning he could be available next month.

Olivier Giroud of Chelsea FC during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Chelsea FC and AFC Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on December 19, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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