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Celtic in bid to sign striker dubbed the ‘next Jamie Vardy’

Matty Taylor fires a shot goalwards for Bristol Rovers
Matty Taylor fires a shot goalwards for Bristol Rovers

Celtic are reportedly looking to strengthen their attacking options by signing Bristol Rovers forward Matty Taylor.

The striker, who bagged 28 goals this season and was named Rovers’ player-of-the-year as they earned promotion to League One, has previously been likened to Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy.

The 26-year-old is out of contract this summer and Celtic and Leeds United are believed to be leading the chase for his signature.

Earlier this season, Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke compared Taylor to England striker Vardy, who starred in the lower leagues before working his way to the top flight, winning the Premier League with Leicester and earning international recognition.

Hearts expressed an interest in taking Taylor on a pre-contract basis in January, while Hull City and Preston North End are also said to be keen on his signature.

Celtic have heavily relied on Leigh Griffiths this season, with the 25-year-old Scotland international bagging an impressive 39 goals, however, each of the other forwards at Parkhead have struggled for form this season.

Nadir Ciftci has been farmed out on loan, while mid-season signings Carlton Cole and Colin Kazim-Richards have failed to impress – registering just one league goal between the two of them.

Taylor would certainly offer some much needed support and even competition for Griffiths.

 

 

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