Hesselink: Celtic need striker

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink says Celtic's failure to replace Gary Hooper has cost them dearly in Europe.

Last Updated: 27/11/13 at 15:48 Post Comment

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink: Believes Celtic need an out-and-out striker

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink: Believes Celtic need an out-and-out striker

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Celtic sold a number of key players during the summer transfer window, including striker Hooper to Norwich City.

And former Hoops forward Vennegoor of Hesselink believes their failure to bring in a capable replacement has contributed to their poor results in the Champions League group stages, where they have lost four of their five games and found the net just twice.

The Dutchman told Sky Sports News: "There are good players in that squad but they lost some important ones during the summer.

"If you look at the squad and the resources Neil Lennon has, he did a good job by qualifying for the Champions League group stages, but you can always use a fresh injection of players into your squad.

"They could do with a goalscorer like Gary Hooper. I don't know if Celtic are on the lookout for a striker, but from looking at the Milan game they need an out-and-out goalscorer."

Celtic's 3-0 loss to Milan on Tuesday night, coupled with Ajax's 2-1 success over Barcelona, ended the Scottish champions' hopes of even claiming a Europa League place.

However, Vennegoor of Hesselink believes the experience will aid Celtic's squad and has backed them to respond by claiming domestic league and cup honours.

"Everyone expected more, especially before the Milan game," he said. "They thought they could reach the last-16 or the knockout stages of the Europa League, but with one game left to play their campaign is already over.

"They now need to pick themselves up and try and win the league and cup. They're a young squad and hopefully they can learn from their mistakes."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Tottenham strike deal for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Montpellier for defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, according to the French club.

Transfer news: Chelsea confirm agreement with AC Milan for two-year Fernando Torres loan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will have a medical at AC Milan on Saturday ahead of an agreed two-year loan deal.

Europa League: Roberto Martinez happy Everton start and finish at home

Roberto Martinez is happy with the way the fixtures have worked out for Everton in their tough Europa League draw.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property