The Celtic scouting department has a “really difficult” task on its hands in replacing a potential mass exodus of strikers. 

That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Patryk Klimala officially left the club.

His £3.5million departure to New York Red Bulls could be the first of several striker sales, with Leigh Griffiths linked with both Hibs and Aberdeen.


Odsonne Edouard meanwhile is a long-term target for West Ham, who recently moved into pole position to sign the Frenchman.

Borussia Dortmund are also keen on the 23-year-old and Celtic fear he could be prised away for as little as £8-10million.

Whelan calls the situation “so worrying” and fears that Celtic’s scouting network might not be up to the task of recruiting quality new strikers.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Of course, it’s so worrying when you’re losing strikers of that calibre.

“It’s going to be really difficult to go and replace them. That’s when your technical side and your scouting network comes into play.

“Edouard is going to leave, there’s no doubt about it. He’s 23 years of age, he’s got into double figures every season. He needs a change as well.

“But having said that, I don’t think it’s been a good enough season for any of the strikers.”

Albian Ajeti is another centre-forward at Parkhead who has endured a torrid 2020-21.

After netting five times in his first six matches, the 11-time Switzerland international has scored just once since September.

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