There will be immediate pressure for any strikers Celtic sign as the club must win the Scottish Premiership. 

That’s according to former Sunderland forward Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about summer transfer plans. 

Celtic could face a striker exodus in the summer which would mean the club need to sign replacements as they look to challenge for the title next season.

This site revealed in January that Odsonne Edouard is looking to leave Celtic this summer while The Sunday Post report that Aberdeen are looking to sign Leigh Griffiths during the close season.

Phillips insists that any striker replacing Edouard or Griffiths will benefit from not having the man they are replacing sat on the touchline watching their every move.

“It’s going to be a challenge. But whoever comes in, those players won’t be there so there’s not that pressure of someone sitting on the sidelines who’s done it before,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“Anyone coming into Celtic in the summer is under pressure to score goals because they need to be back challenging for that title, if not winning it. 

“You need a striker up there who’s going to get enough goals to win you the title. 

“Whoever comes in needs broad shoulders and to be a good player but Celtic don’t generally sign poor players. 

“It’ll be interesting to see who they go for but there will be pressure right away for whoever comes in.”

Edouard has 20 goals in 38 games for Celtic this season while Griffiths has five in 18 Premiership outings.

Griffiths started in Saturday’s 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Falkirk as Edouard remained an unused substitute.

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