Celtic have already strengthened their offensive numbers in a few ways but with Odsonne Edouard potentially leaving, the Hoops have moved quickly to identify his replacement.

Kyogo Furuhashi has taken to life at Parkhead in stunning fashion by scoring a hat-trick last weekend and he could yet be joined by another devastating forward.

What’s the word?

According to an eye-catching report from the Scottish Sun, Celtic have identified French striker Thomas Henry as a potential new recruit.

In fact, they are reportedly on the verge of signing him in the coming days as they prepare for life without Edouard.

The OH Leuven striker plays his football in Belgium and after signing for just £400,000 two years ago, is set to complete a whopping £7m switch to Glasgow.

Do Celtic need to spend £7m on a striker?

No chance!

No chance!

Of course!

Of course!

Coincidentally, that would be the highest fee the Bhoys have paid for a player since Edouard arrived permanently in 2019.

Incredible signing

To put things simply; Celtic must seal a switch for Henry this summer.

Furuhashi already has four goals in three games but combining a player of his calibre with Henry would be fantastic business.

The Japan international stands at just 5 foot 7 but despite sharing some similar traits, the Leuven forward is a goliath by comparison at 6 foot 4.

A phenomenally strong player in physical battles, the 26-year-old also knows how to find the net with great regularity.

Guess the shirt numbers from Celtic’s famous 2002/03 UEFA Cup side. Let’s start with Mohammed Sylla…

He ended 2020/21 as the second top scorer in the top-flight of Belgian football, racking up as many as 21 strikes. That took his tally in Leuven colours to a mighty 45 in 78 appearances.

Despite his size, the attacker is a keen dribbler, deceptively quick and can run in behind smartly.

With that in mind, Henry has already been described as a “big Furuhashi” by Bhoys Analytics on Twitter.

However, an assessment from Lokeren boss Karel Fraeye presents us with a fairer reflection of his skills set: “Henry is extremely efficient and uses his speed and strong physique particularly well.

“He’s a complete striker who uses his speed to cause havoc in defences. He moves very smartly out from the centre of attack to the wings and creates spaces for himself.”

£7m is a lot to spend on a striker when Ange Postecoglou already has Furuhashi at his disposal but after they’ve sold Edouard, they will still have plenty left in the tank to improve the squad.

This is a deal that could really put Celtic on a course to win the Premiership title again.

AND in other news, Celtic lead race to sign £3.4m gem who was too “strong” for Messi, Ange needs him…

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