Celtic legend gives Rodgers one tip that could extend gap over Rangers

By Tom Blackburn

Former Celtic defender Tommy Boyd has advised new manager Brendan Rodgers to make signing a striker his primary objective this summer.

Rodgers recently took over at Celtic Park and he will be relying on the efforts of Leigh Griffiths to be the team’s main goal threat again next season.

In an interview with STV, Boyd said Rodgers should elevate the signing of another striker to the top of his to-do list.

He said: “We’ve got a great striker, I think we just need others to join. We’ve lost a few in that department. It is a position that probably needs assistance.

“You can’t say that it needs strengthening because there’s somebody who scores 40 goals a season there. He doesn’t need competition because he didn’t have much of that last season.

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“Leigh was outstanding last season and rightly got the player of the year but I think that’s a key position for Brendan to look at. We’re probably a little bit short in that department so we could get somebody in to help and assist if anything was to happen to him.”

Griffiths, 25, scored 40 goals in 51 appearances across all competitions this season, and was awarded the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year among other accolades to mark the most successful season of his career.

That form helped the Bhoys to a fifth consecutive league title, but Celtic fans will be concerned that one injury to Griffiths could seriously hamper their hope of being crowned champions for sixth straight year.

Other than Griffiths, Celtic’s next top scorer last term was Kris Commons with four league strikes, while the club’s other attackers netted just eight between them in all competitions.

With arch-rivals Rangers returning to the Scottish Premiership next season, they champions will expect an increased challenge for the title and Boyd does not believe that the lack of competition for the key role can be a good thing.

In other Celtic news, they will go head-to-head for the transfer of a former Swansea winger.