Celtic scouts impressed with £2.5 million-rated striker

Celtic continue to scour the globe in search of reinforcements this winter, and now reports suggest that scouts have been impressed with a prospect striker.

It seems that with everyday that passes a new name is being linked with Celtic in their winter transfer window endeavours. One thing is for certain, Celtic has been heavily scouting and exploring options at midfield, and especially at the striker position.

Now we can add another name to Celtic’s growing list of potential buys: Yonatan Cohen. The 23-year old striker currently plays for Israeli-side Maccabi Tel Aviv, and features mainly as a backup striker.

According to The Scottish Sun, Yonatan Cohen is valued at £2.5 million, well within the Hoops’ budget, and at his age could see significant development and growth. A move to the Hoops could propel the young prospect’s career much like that of Odsonne Edouard‘s.

In the last six league matches, Yonatan Cohen has scored seven goals, no small feat considering the competition. But according to SunSport, Celtic seems to be impressed with the 23-year old striker:

“[Celtic] head of recruitment Nick Hammond had the 23-year-old watched in Monday’s two-goal display as Maccabi won 4-3 at Maccabi Haifa.

“The £2.5million-rated Cohen’s second goal was an injury-time winner and left the Hoops scout mightily impressed.”

Yonatan Cohen projects as a type of player who could immediately provide cover for Odsonne Edouard, and depending on the element of the club, and the future of Odsonne Edouard, Cohen could find himself with a larger role next season.

In any case, the Hoops need to bring in extra reinforcements for the next half of the season. If any lessons can be learned from the first half it is that extra cover at striker is needed, and that Rangers are close on the heels of Celtic. Improvements to the squad must be addressed.

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