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Celtic are in a dire situation at the moment. 21 points behind their fierce rivals and outside of Europe, Neil Lennon and the club’s hierarchy find themselves in a dangerous place with their jobs at stake.
Despite seeing his team win nine titles in a row, Hoops’ fans are ruthless and will only settle for first place.
With the transfer window now in full swing, signing a few players could certainly help with things. That said, making up for such a large gap is now practically impossible.
However, one player who could perhaps provide more help heading into next season is Joel Randall.
The end of Exeter City was linked with a move to Parkhead last week and while he probably wouldn’t be what we would call a prominent addition, there is a feeling that he would show a lot of talent in Scotland.
Should Celtic sign Joel Randall?
So far this season, the 21-year-old has scored eight goals and recorded four more assists in what has been a great campaign for the Greeks.
He currently plays in League Two, so there is understandable skepticism as to whether he could make the jump to the SPFL, but his performance in the FA Cup last weekend showed that he can shine against a higher level of opposition.
Although Exeter lost to Sheffield Wednesday of the Championship, Randall stood out and certainly did not shy away from a challenge, winning 75% of their duels. For context, no Exeter player won entertain ground duels by his side than Randall last Saturday.
He was also good in the future, however he succeeded with a joint high team number of two dribbles. Randall lost possession twenty times, but that was just an indicator of how often he was trying to throw the ball into the box or how often he was trying to beat a man.
The fact that he was at the top of his team’s stats only shows the talent he possesses in a performance that was full of energy. However, that will not come as a surprise to many.
Talking about the young man earlier, his manager Matt Taylor once said: “His career stats are phenomenal, but he has added an extra dimension to his game in terms of the final product.”
Randall went up and down the left channel like a whip, throwing in plenty of hard yards that would certainly have pleased the Celtic scouts. Unfortunately, his effort was not enough for Exeter to win, but Lennon, if he had any doubts about how the Exeter star would cope playing against better opposition, he will surely now be convinced.
Six goals in League Two is not the most impressive achievement, but standing out against Championship rivals is no small feat. He would be a solid pick for the Hoops, especially with Mo Elyounoussi only on loan in Glasgow for now. So a replacement will need to be found somewhere and Randall might as well be that man.