CELTIC could face a struggle to keep all three of their quality strikers happy – that’s the view of former Hoops defender Darren O’Dea.
Brendan Rodgers added to the club’s firepower when he brought in Odsonne Edouard from Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent basis in a deal that will rise to a record £9million.
He will compete with fellow-Frenchman Moussa Dembele and Scotland international Leigh Griffiths for the main role in the champions’ attack.
Former Republic of Ireland international centre-back O’Dea, now captain at Dundee, said: “How do you keep them happy?
“They’ve spent a huge amount of money. You’ve got Dembele, who’s getting touted for £30million, and you’ve got Griffiths, who’s prolific and Scotland’s number one striker.
“He has matured a lot and he’s done well, but he ain’t happy when he’s not playing.
“I know people say: ‘Celtic play 60 games’. Well, they’re not going to be happy playing 20 games each because if they play in the system they have played, which is one through the middle, it’s not enough.
“It’s not enough for any one of them. They’re all that good. They’re completely different.”
Edouard, 20, scored 11 goals in 29 loan appearances last season, while Griffiths, 27, netted 13 in 39 – plus two goals for his country against England – in an injury-disrupted campaign.
Dembele, 22, also had spells out with injury after a prolific 32-goal debut season at the club, but still managed 16 strikes in 39 outings.
The French double-act started the 3-0 Champions League qualifying win over Alashkert in Armenia on Tuesday while Griffiths remained in Scotland with a troublesome thigh injury that could see him sidelined for three weeks.
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