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FRANK TALKING ON SCEPOVIC

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FRANK McAVENNIE has urged Ronny Deila to take a chance on Stefan Scepovic as he searches for extra power to bolster the Celtic attack.
The former Hoops hitman realises last summer’s £2.2million capture from Sporting Gijon hardly set the heather on fire with a paltry six goals from 25 appearances, 17 as a substitute.
But Macca still has faith in the 25-year-old Serb and insisted: “Scepovic could be the man. He could save Celtic a lot of money.

“I saw him when he played his first game last year in a European tie where he saw the keeper off his line, turned and hit one with his back to goal which missed by a yard or so.

“I was doing radio with Gordon Dalziel and said to him: ‘He looks a good player’.

“Good players see that, bad players don’t. But to spot a keeper off his line like that is a special talent.

“You give him eight games and he could prove to be the striker Celtic crave.

“Leigh Griffiths has been magnificent. He stepped up to the mark. He has done well, but I don’t know if he’s going to frighten defenders. We need a big striker and Scepovic could be that guy.”

The Serb came into the team for early European matches, but dropped with the emergence of on-loan Manchester City attacker John Guidetti and then, after the turn of the year, the prolific return from Griffiths.

McAvennie said: “For some reason, Ronny Deila doesn’t like what he sees in training. But sometimes you have to say the boy is a goalscorer and play him.

“Ronny wouldn’t have liked Gary Hooper or Scott McDonald because they are out-and-out strikers. He likes runners.

“But sometimes at a club like Celtic you just need a centre-forward, not a target man, just a poacher who will be there to tap them in rather than these spectacular goals Griffiths hits.”

Macca believes Scepovic can follow the example of Nir Bitton, the Israeli midfielder who ended the campaign so strongly after taking over from the injured Charlie Mulgrew in midfield.

He added: “No one wanted Nir Bitton to play. But I was one of the ones who said on radio: ‘Go and give the guy six to eight games’.

“All of a sudden, they were playing him and he ended up probably Celtic’s best player.

“I would say to Scepovic: ‘Have six to eight games. Show us what you have got and then we will decide after that’.”

 
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