Celtic’s striker hunt continues
Bloemfontein Celtic coach Clinton Larsen has made signing a striker in the January transfer window his number on priority and will have two trialists arriving in the coming days.
Larsen says he is happy with the
composition of his squad in all other positions, but is worried about a lack of
depth amongst the forwards.
“I am happy everywhere else in the team, but we need to bring in another striker in this window,” Larsen says. “We will assess the other areas of the squad again in June, but I am happy with the depth we have everywhere except up front.”
Currently Celtic have just Lennox Bacela, Siyabonga Nontshinga and youngster Lerato Manzine as their senior forwards, and with one foreigner slot is available to them this season, Larsen is hopeful of adding some experience from outside the country.
First to arrive is likely to be Zimbabwean forwards Roderick Mutuma, who plays for the Dynamos club in Harare.
The 24-year-old forward has been among the leading scorers in the Zimbabwean Premier League and Celtic are looking for a forward who can settle into their first-team straight away.
“We will have a look at Roderick and give him a chance to impress us. His pedigree in Zimbabwe is good and there have been some good strikers to come out of that league in recent years,’ Larsen says.
Larsen also confirmed the arrival of a striker from the Nigerian Premier League.
Former Dolphins FC forward Owusu Addae, who at 29 years of age certainly brings experience with him and is seen as a player who could go straight into the first-team.
The Ghanaian played in his homeland for Liberty Professionals and Berekum Chelsea before making the switch to Dolphins, who he left last month.
It was his goals that lifted the club to the 2010/11 Nigerian Premier League title.