Celtic eye up forgotten Aston Villa man as attacking cavalry


Goal-scoring has been easy for Celtic in their now fully limbered up campaign, yet it hasn’t deterred Ronny Deila from dipping his toe into the transfer market for possible striking recruits.

The Bhoys have plundered 23 goals in a so far unbeaten season across two competitions, but are in reported talks about adding Aston Villa reserve Libor Kozak to their forward line as transfer deadline day approaches.

Reports suggest the Ladbrokes Premiership favourites are discussing the possibility of taking the Czech Republic striker off the Villans’ hands, thus handing him a chance to rebuild his career after a horrific run with injuries.

A debut season in the Midlands produced four Premier League goals in 14 appearances for the former Lazio man, but a leg break suffered in a training ground clash with Ciaran Clark in January 2014 has meant Kozak hasn’t appeared competitively since.

Although now back to full fitness for 2015/16, the eight-cap international is yet to see a single minute of action in Tim Sherwood’s new-look side.

Rudy Gestede, Jordan Ayew and Adama Traore are all forward recruits for the former Tottenham manager this summer, pushing Kozak deeper down the striking pecking order at Villa Park.

Celtic have four front men of their own in the shape of Leigh Griffiths, Nadir Ciftci, Anthony Stokes and Stefan Scepovic, but the thinking is that Kozak would demand more game time north of the border should he join Deila’s outfit.

Trailing Hearts by two points in the Premiership, the Hoops have Champions League qualification on their minds before resuming domestic duties.

Leading Malmo 3-2 on aggregate after the first leg, Celtic are 7/4 to win in Sweden with Ladbrokes.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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