£4 million striker would be perfect signing for Celtic

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Celtic must sign a striker in January. Every supporter will agree with that. What is sure to divide opinion though is who that is going to be. The club have been linked with a long list of names in recent times. One of them is already out of question, as Fabio Silva has agreed to join the Rangers on loan for the second half of the season. But a lot of viable options remain.

Names like Mathias Kvistgaarden and Sydney van Hooijdonk have been brought up. But neither is proven in Scotland or has a lot of experience.

Bojan Miovski is an interesting option for sure. The striker has been superb since arriving at Aberdeen and has shown he can deliver up top in Scotland, even while playing in a team that is struggling.

But the best option for Celtic might be Lawrence Shankland. Signing the 28-year-old Hearts captain would not be popular amongst a lot of the fans, but it is hard to argue that he brings the most complete and proven skillset to the table.

£4 million striker would be perfect signing for Celtic

Shankland seems to be in the form of his life right now. He has scored in multiple games against both Celtic and the Rangers this season. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 16 goals and provided 3 assists in 26 appearances so far in the ongoing campaign.

It is not just this season that he is delivering though. He scored 24 goals in the Premiership last time around. In the past, he has had 20-plus goal league campaigns for Dundee United and Ayr United.

He has been a success almost everywhere he has been in Scotland and is a natural goalscorer. Also, his experience means that Shankland would not need any time to adjust to the league. That might be exactly what Celtic need this January, as both Kyogo and Oh might be away for the AFC Asian Cup.

Of course, Hearts will surely not be keen to part ways with their captain in the middle of the season. But there have been suggestions that a transfer fee around £4 million would be enough to sign Shankland.