Following another lacklustre performance from Celtic, in a 1-0 win over 11th-placed Ross County, the need to strengthen the squad over the last few days of the January transfer window has become even more apparent. The fact that the Hoops could not find a second goal after scoring in the first minute of the game is even more concerning.
Coming into the January transfer window, most fans took it for granted that the club would sign another striker. Kyogo has been nowhere near as good as he used to be under the management of Ange Postecoglou. Oh Hyeon-gyu remains as inconsistent as ever.
Celtic were linked with players like Bojan Miovski and Lawrence Shankland, proven Premiership strikers. Neither move seems to be on the cards though.
Sydney van Hooijdonk was left out of Bologna's matchday squad for their game against AC Milan. And now, it has been suggested that a move to Celtic could be on the cards.
Celtic close in on move for £4 million Dutch striker
As reported by The Scottish Sun, when revealing the Bologna lineup, the TNT commentator said:
"Sydney van Hooijdonk is the absent man upfront, not even in the squad, with an apparent move to Celtic on the cards."
Van Hooijdonk has found chances hard to come by at Bologna. But that does not mean that he cannot find the back of the net when presented with opportunities.
Van Hooijdonk spent last season out on loan at Heerenveen. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he scored 19 goals in 39 appearances for them in the 2022/23 campaign.
It remains to be seen whether a move for Van Hooijdonk ends up materialising or not. Adding him would have to be seen as a boost though, even if he is brought in on a loan basis until the end of the campaign.
His father, Pierre van Hooijdonk, used to play for Celtic back in the 90s. And he was a brilliant striker. Could Sydney follow in his footsteps and don the famous Hoops?