Time Celtic said Guid-bye to Man City striker


Despite a great start to his loan spell at Celtic, Manchester City striker John Guidetti’s heart just isn’t at Paradise and it’s time to give others a chance.

Since moving to Celtic on the 1st September after parent club Manchester City loaned the Swedish striker out to the Scottish champions, Guidetti has scored 14 goals in 32 games [all competitions]for Ronny Deila’s side, including a hat trick against Partick Thistle in the 6-0 demolition of Partick Thistle back in October.

But despite having a great start to his time at Parkhead, Guidetti has been poor since December as it looks as though his head has been turned with potential moves in the summer.

In 2015, Guidetti has scored only three times in 15 games played, a statistic that is poor for a striker that gets the service that he does at Celtic.

Is he simply counting the days until he returns to City and thereafter a summer move to his ‘first love’ Feyenoord? It looks that way.

With Celtic not doing a deal during the January transfer window to permanently sign Guidetti, the Swedish striker has been linked with a number of moves abroad to the likes of Inter Milan, Marseille and more often than not Feyenoord. If he is now focusing on not getting hurt and just doing enough at Celtic, maybe it is time that Ronny Deila calls time on Guidetti and give someone else a chance as a regular starter or coming off the bench to provide goals.

Some media reports during the transfer window, cited Guidetti as demanding around £42,000 a week, and on his recent form this year – he is not worth even half of that figure.

So what now for Celtic?

They have the likes of Stefan Scepovic in their ranks, but the Serbian striker last played for Celtic on the 21st March as a 70th minute substitute for Gary Mackay Steven in Celtic’s 3-0 win over Dundee United – and his ‘goal scoring record’ stands at a mere four goals in 22 appearances with the majority coming as as substitute.

With Guidetti out of form and dreaming of a return to Feyenoord, why doesn’t Deila give Scepovic a chance? Is it a case of his attitude in training? Or was it a case that the Serb was never Deila’s man and he doesn’t fit into his plans at all?

Whatever happens with Scepovic, Deila will be looking to dip into the transfer market during the summer with the hope of snapping up a striker that can replicate the goals that were flowing in when the likes of Gary Hooper wore the Green & White Hoops.

Will he turn his attention to the Scottish market once more and lure the likes of Nadir Ciftci away from Tannadice to link up with former Dundee United team mates GMS and Stuart Armstrong? Or will he go abroad for another loan deal or permanent signing?

Whatever happens, one thing is evident, Guidetti’s time at Celtic is coming to an end this summer and his departure will not see any tears shed.

Back to the drawing board for the Celtic scouting department.


About Author


Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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