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John Hughes urges Celtic to make Johnny Russell move

Johnny Russell #7 of Sporting Kansas City reacts after missing a scoring attempt against Minnesota United in the first half of the game at Allianz Field on September 25, 2019 in St Paul,...

The Celtic-mad striker would love to play for the Parkhead side.

Sporting Kansas City forward Johnny Russell (7) is chased into the box by Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman (20) in the second half of the MLS Western Conference Championship...

John Hughes has suggested that Johnny Russell would suit Celtic down to the ground.

Russell made headlines on Saturday by revealing a lifelong ambition to play for the Parkhead club.

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Now at Sporting Kansas City, the former Dundee United star is still only 29 and his best years aren't quite behind him just yet.

Celtic are a tad light on striking options, with an unproven Vakoun Issouf Bayo being Odsonne Edouard's only competition up front at the moment, with Leigh Griffiths still injured.

 

And Hughes, who has managed Hibernian and Falkirk, believes that Russell and the Bhoys could both benefit from the transfer.

He told BBC Sportsound: "I have always tipped him to go for Celtic. I've always thought he is a Celtic player. I've said that for a few years. Even at the age he is now, he is probably coming to his best years.

"I just think a home-grown boy, Scotland international. I have been on record saying it and I've said it in here many a time. I just think he would suit Celtic down to a tee."

Russell, who earns £515,000 per year in the MLS [Telegraph], is certainly no stranger to Scottish football, after scoring 31 times in 102 outings for Dundee United.

It isn't a bad record, but for a striker it isn't a brilliant one either and, really, Celtic might be looking for younger and better options if they are to strengthen their forward line in January.

Johnny Russell of Scotland reacts when inspecting the pitch prior to the UEFA Nations League C group one match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on November 20, 2018 in Glasgow,...

 

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