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Plan B- What strikers can Ange call up from the Lowland League?

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In the course of 90 minutes last night Ange Postecoglou saw the remainder of his strike force wiped out, probably until after the winter break.

With Giorgos Giakoumakis already out of contention the last thing that the Celtic boss wanted to see was Albian Ajeti and Kyogo Furuhashi hobbling off the pitch with that tell-tale clutching of the upper leg.

Conformation is awaited but it looks like there will be no first team strikers available in the seven fixtures before the January break.

In years gone by players like Cillian Sheridan or Tony Watt has stepped up to answer the call but in 2021 things are more complex.

Adam Brooks: 5 goals in 750 minutes over

Joey Dawson: 4 goals in 772 minutes

Owen Moffat: 11 goals in 1642 minutes

Rocco Vata: 5 goals in 1200 minutes

Five of Moffat’s goals were in the 10-0 win away to Vale of Leithen but the borders club have lost 116 goals in 21 Lowland League matches.

Playing in the Lowland League for the first time Tommy McIntyre is restricted to players u-20, in the forward positions 16-year-old Rocco Vata and 17-year-old Adam Brooks are among the leading goalscorers.

Vata and Moffat play predominantly on the wing but have been pushed through the centre when Joey Dawson hasn’t been available. Brooks plays through the centre but has had limited game time in recent weeks.

In truth none of those options appear ready at this time but given the opportunity they may rise to the occasion.

At the turn of the year Cameron Harper and Armstrong Oko-Flex were dropped in at short notice, tried willingly without making any real impact and are no longer at the club.

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