Frank McAvennie has urged Celtic to beat Rangers to the signing of Siriki Dembele.
The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, was reacting to the latest on the Peterborough striker’s future.
Barry Fry, Peterborough’s director of football, has revealed Dembele will be sold this summer after handing in a transfer request in January, as first revealed by this site.
Fry told This is Futbol he does not expect the forward to sign a new deal and “the club’s policy is that if you are in the last year of your contract and the club offers you a contract and you refuse it, we put you on the transfer list”.
Football Insider understands both Celtic and Rangers are just two of the clubs chasing the attacker this summer.
“Celtic are going to buy a decent striker,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“If it was a choice between Rangers and Celtic, obviously I want him to sign for Celtic.
“But if his brother isn’t getting a game, I’m not sure how he could convince Siriki to come.
“Barry Fry was doing the same thing when Ivan Toney was getting touted around. He really knows his stuff.
“He’s had a good season but we need a striker who can get us into the Champions League.
“Is he the man to do that, I’m not sure. But again, if it’s between us and Rangers, I want us to sign him.”
Dembele, 24, picked up 12 goals and 11 assists during Posh’s promotion-winning League One campaign.
Karamoko Dembele, Siriki’s 18-year-old brother, already plays for Celtic and has seven senior appearances to his name.