Celtic are heading into a very important January transfer window. So far, they are leading the Premiership title race. But the upcoming AFC Asian Cup, scheduled to start early next year, could prove to be a turning point if the Hoops are not careful. It is very possible that the likes of Kyogo, Oh Hyeon-gyu, Daizen Maeda and more might be selected by their respective national teams and not be available for a significant length of time.
If both Kyogo and Oh are selected for the AFC Asian Cup, then Celtic would be without a doubt. It goes without saying that that would not be ideal.
Thus, most fans are expecting Celtic to sign a striker in the upcoming January transfer window. One player who has been linked with them is Bologna’s Sydney van Hooijdonk, who is struggling for game time and is expected to be available on loan in the winter.
"“If Sydney is anything like his father, you would take him, that’s for sure. I’ve not seen him live; I’ve seen clips of him, just highlights, and bits and bobs. Listen, the boy, I know he’s not went to Bologna and scored, but you’ll always find Italy is slightly different. A lot of their teams have older players, serious players who play at the top end of the pitch, guys with a lot of experience, from mid to late 30s.“It’s difficult to say he’s only scored one goal. Then, I go back to that old argument: how many minutes has he had, how many times on the pitch has he gone on for five minutes?“I’m sure Celtic have done their due diligence; I’m sure they’re out there saying he has great movement. If we play and create chances, especially talking about our wide players, can he finish them off? I think that’s the thing you look for in a striker. You don’t go on statistics when it comes to that; you come with the team he’s playing with. Do we create chances that he can finish? I always say a Celtic striker should score four out of six chances minimum.”"
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Van Hooijdonk is the son of former Dutch international and Celtic striker, Pierre. He spent two-and-a-half seasons playing for the Hoops during the 1990s and found quite a bit of success in the Hoops, and even had a 32-goal season.
Thus, Pierre certainly knew the way to the back of the net. And Sydney has shown that ability in the past as well. He scored 19 goals last season while away on loan at Heerenveen in the Eredivisie.
Admittedly, things have not gone smoothly for Van Hooijdonk at Bologna this season but he has not played much football either. And the Italian club are not the most free-scoring team either. They are the joint-lowest scorers in the Serie A top 10 in this campaign so far.