Frank McAvennie has told Celtic to sign Kevin Nisbet even though he isn’t ready to lead the line at Parkhead. 

The Hoops icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the attacker could become the next Leigh Griffiths.

Last week, The Scottish Sun claimed Nisbet has been presented to potential new Celtic boss Eddie Howe as a possible signing.

Nisbet, 24, scored 18 goals and supplied eight assists for Hibs last season, including two strikes in his three outings against Celtic.

McAvennie would love Celtic to sign Nisbet and appreciates his potential but stressed he is not the finished article.

“I like him but I don’t think he’s an out and out centre forward,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“He’s going to become more like Griffiths. I think he will be, and I think he’s a good player already. He’s still young though, I don’t think he’s been in the league long enough.

“This is going to sound strange but I don’t think he’s ready to be the Celtic number nine. It’s a hard job and you have to do more than score just 12 league goals. 

“I would sign him, I’d love to get him but I don’t think it will happen. I like him a lot, he’s a wonderful player. 

“I don’t know if he can be that focal point. For a decent price, he’s a good buy. But he’s not the finished article.”

Nisbet only signed for Hibs last summer but had previously played 18 Premiership games with Patrick Thistle.

He failed to score in those outings before being sent on loan to the lower leagues.

In other news, a Premier League side have set their sights on signing £4.5million-rated Celtic star.