With Ange Postecoglou finally announced as the new manager of Celtic, the Hoops can now crack on with a busy summer of recruitment.
After such a dismal campaign, the Bhoys will need to get their efforts spot on if they are to usurp their biggest rivals again.
What’s the word?
One of the players who Celtic have been linked with signing is Charlie Wyke.
The striker is out of contract with Sunderland and is yet to pen new terms, meaning he could leave the North East club on a free transfer.
A fresh update from the Northern Echo (via Nottingham Post) suggests that the Mackems are continuing negotiations over his future but that he has received ‘alternative offers’ from other teams.
The Hoops aren’t the only side interested with Wyke attracting the eyes of Cardiff, Middlesbrough Millwall and Ipswich.
Should Celtic sign him?
Wyke’s record this season was nothing short of sensational as Sunderland just missed out on promotion from League One.
Supporters might have concerns over his ability at a higher level but he is a bullish forward who has the potential to cause havoc in the Premiership.
Standing at a colossal height of 6 foot 2, the attacker is particularly dominant in the air. That being said, he also has decent feet for such a tall player.
This term, Wyke netted as many as 12 goals with his head, battering opponents to one side in robust style.
Described as “clinical” by Sunderland boss Lee Johnson, Postecoglou could evoke memories of his fellow Australian, Mark Viduka, by signing him.
Like Wyke, the striker was clinical and particularly dangerous in the air.
Describing the former Celtic star in an article for Planet Football, it reads: “This was Peak Viduka: a threat in the air but majestic with the ball at his feet. To trot out the ‘good touch for a big man’ cliche fails to do him justice. He had a brilliant touch for any man. He just happened to be big as well.”
The Aussie only spent the best part of 18 months in Glasgow but amassed an eye-catching haul of 30 goals in just 37 outings.
It would be typical now the Hoops have his countryman in charge to discover a striker of similar ilk but that’s precisely why Wyke must be signed.
He’d offer something entirely different to Odsonne Edouard and the other forward’s in Celtic’s frontline.