With Kristoffer Ajer nearing the Celtic exit door, it leaves Ange Postecoglou and co scrambling around to bolster the squad.

The Hoops have done so astutely in the window to date and they will hopefully replace the Norwegian quickly with the acquisition of Carl Starfelt.

On the chalkboard

Another situation the Bhoys will be eager to address is the future of Odsonne Edouard.

The Frenchman has been linked with an exit on a regular basis but after a move to Leicester fell through, Edouard has actually considered staying until the end of his contract.

The future of Leigh Griffiths also needs to be determined. He signed a new contract at the beginning of the month but has now been touted with a loan move to Sunderland.

Do you want Origi at Celtic?

No chance!

No chance!

Yes please!

Yes please!

Griffiths wasn’t expected to sign fresh terms so it was rather surprising when he put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension.

The solution

Celtic were linked with an eye-catching swoop for Divock Origi this week and if they do sign the Belgian, it will surely mean the end of Griffiths at Paradise.

After all, he’s now been leapfrogged in the pecking order by Albian Ajeti who has scored twice in pre-season and looks in impressive form.

Reports from 90min suggest that Origi has a number of suitors with Old Firm rivals, Rangers, also interested in securing him. Southampton, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are also attracted by the forward.

The Belgium international doesn’t have the greatest of records for Liverpool after signing for £10m, bagging 35 goals in 157 outings. However, it’s important to stress his lack of football.

During the last three campaigns, he’s only started 13 league matches. Therefore, it’s hard to really understand what the forward could offer.

Described as a “great talent” by Brendan Rodgers, the attacker is clearly well-liked wherever he’s travelled. Origi has also popped up with some vitally important goals.

Guess the shirt numbers from Celtic’s famous 2002/03 UEFA Cup side. Let’s start with Mohammed Sylla…

He scored against Barcelona the year Jurgen Klopp’s men won the Champions League. He also found the net in the final and has a Merseyside derby winner to his name.

The 26-year-old has never been afforded anything more than a substitute’s role throughout his career but the potential is evidently there. Now in the prime of his career, Celtic could be the club to give Origi a new lease of life.

Having scored big goals in the Premier League and on the continental stage, he’d surely be a roaring success in Scottish football.

AND in other news, Celtic open talks to sign 44-goal gem who can “sprint like Mbappe”, he’s a big upgrade…

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