Celtic have got to consider Middlesbrough's Britt Assombalonga after Chris Sutton's comments

Assombalonga could reportedly leave Middlesbrough in January.

Chris Sutton's comments about Celtic lacking in the final third were no more apparent than on Wednesday night, as the Hoops stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Motherwell - and Britt Assombalonga could be the answer.

Celtic icon Sutton suggested drawing BT Sport 3's live coverage of the match that Brendan Rodgers' side are lacking in options up front, with only Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard to choose from.


Speaking after the draw, Sutton said Griffiths was "not good enough" after he missed a penalty during the Scottish Premiership encounter, while Edouard has been "inconsistent" throughout the season so far.

He suggested the Hoops bring in a new striker in the January window, and if Rodgers is to do so, the Northern Echo's latest report should have his attention after it claimed Tony Pulis is willing to offload Assombalonga.

The 26-year-old cost Boro a huge £15million in the summer of 2017 to sign him from Nottingham Forest, where the DR Congo international amassed 30 goals in 69 appearances.

It has not been as prolific as a spell at Boro, though, managing just 20 goals in 64 games - costing Boro a whopping £750,000 per goal. He has failed to start a Championship match for Boro since October.

Though Boro chairman Steve Gibson will want to rake in an amount similar to the £15million he paid Forest for the ex-Watford powerhouse's services, not many clubs at Championship level will be willing to part with such a figure.

Out-of-form with only five goals in 17 league games, Boro would be well advised to send Assombalonga out on loan to show potentially interested parties that he still has what it takes.

That would give Celtic the chance to acquire Assombalonga's services in January on loan, perhaps with a future clause to land the striker permanently. 

Boasting physical strength but the technicality expected of a skilful winger, Assombalonga would no doubt score goals in the Scottish Premiership. All he needs is a bit of confidence and momentum, and he could be crucial in Rodgers' pursuit of the treble treble.

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