By Frank McAvennie

18th Dec, 2020 | 7:00am

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic tipped to seal Ryan Kent-like signing after big Jan reveal

Frank McAvennie has tipped Celtic to sign a winger in January amid reports QPR attacker Bright Osayi-Samuel is Neil Lennon’s number one target. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Parkhead legend suggested the Hoops need to sign a player like Rangers’ Ryan Kent when the transfer window reopens next month.

A long-term injury to James Forrest has left Neil Lennon’s side short in wide areas with Ryan Christie forced to play as a makeshift right-winger in recent weeks.

The Daily Mail claim, via the Daily Record, that QPR forward Osayi-Samuel is Celtic’s “priority” target in January as the player continues to snub a new deal at Loftus Road.

This site revealed in October that the Bhoys were interested in signing the Nigerian on a pre-contract agreement but faced competition from Old Firm rivals Rangers.

When asked by Football Insider if he expects a winger to arrive at Celtic Park next month, McAvennie said: “I think signing a winger in January is the priority.

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“Whether it is left or right I think they will go out and get someone.

“When a team sits in you need somebody that can get in behind.

“Across the city they have got Ryan Kent who can do that. He can pick that wee pocket and if he does come in the full-backs get beyond.

“Celtic used to do that but not anymore. It has all changed, especially while Forrest has been out.”

In other news, two senior Celtic stars may be set for Parkhead exit after shock development.