Celtic must take advantage of Derby’s Championship play-off defeat to Fulham and seal a summer swoop for 20-goal striker Matej Vydra.

The lightning-quick hitman was unable to find the back of the net in Derby’s 2-0 loss and as a result the 26-year-old’s dream of returning to the Premier League has come to an end.

Brendan Rodgers can bring the forward’s confidence back up to speed though by making a move for the Czech international in the summer – and he would be a perfect addition at Parkhead.

The player has returned to form this season after some poor seasons with Watford, and the Bhoys should strike while the iron is hot and make their move for the player.

At 5ft 11in, the player could add a new dimension to the Hoops style of play, as they have lacked a target man since Rodgers took over as the Hoops boss.

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Instead of throwing forward a defender when in need of a late goal to win a game or find a late equaliser, Vydra would be far more likely to get a goal.

If Moussa Dembele leaves in the summer the Hoops are duty bound to bring in a replacement striker, and Vydra looks like the ideal candidate to lead the line next season.

A forward line of Vydra, Leigh Griffiths and – should he make his loan deal a permanent one – Odsonne Edouard, should be more than good enough to spearhead the Hoops’ campaign to qualify for the Champions League.

In other Celtic news, John Hartson has admitted that one player has had a poor season for the Bhoys

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