By Alex McLeish

10th Dec, 2020 | 3:00pm

'Game-changer' - Exclusive: McLeish tips Celtic to sign De Boer-style 'Talisman' in Jan

Alex McLeish has tipped Celtic to sign an attacking “talisman” in the mould of Rangers legend Ronald De Boer to reignite Odsonne Edouard.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland manager has suggested a “game-changing” talent could give the Bhoys the shot in the arm needed after a disappointing first half of the campaign.

Edouard, 22, has scored nine goals in 18 appearances this season, although he has only struck twice in the league since the opening day of the campaign.

Winger Mohamed Elyounoussi is the Bhoys’ top scorer across all competitions with 11 goals, while summer signing Albian Ajeti has netted five.

McLeish believes a new centre-forward could be the answer to the Hoops’ problems this season and suggested it could help Edouard rediscover his best form.

McLeish told Football Insider: “I think for sure they need a talisman of sorts, whether that’s a big name or a new kid in the block who can be a real game-changer.

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“I always felt through my own managerial career that a top striker was the key, you can organise the defence but a top striker was key. I had Ronald De Boer back in the day, Michael Mols, Dado Prso and then later on we found it hard to bring in top strikers.

“So for me, it would be there. I know it’s very well versed in professional football is getting the spine of the team absolute proper.

“When I say a talisman, I’m talking, probably, a very experienced player who knows where the back of the net is who I’m not saying will replace Edouard but will come in and help him.” 

In other Celtic news, Football Insider pundit has suggested Edouard is in talks about quitting Parkhead in January.