Celtic have begun talks with Getafe in a bid to bring Stefan Scepovic back, according to Balkan Talk. Getafe had been trying to sign the striker permanently from Celtic in the summer, but Celtic were only willing to let him go on a year long loan deal.
The 25 year old Serbian had signed for Celtic on deadline day back in August 2014 and went on to play just 26 games, scoring 6 in the process.
Scepovic had enjoyed a great time at his old club Sporting Gijon, where he scored an impressive 23 goals in 39 games. It was actually Getafe who almost signed Scepovic back in 2014, getting in front of Celtic. Scepovic had looked set to sign for Celtic before having a change of heart and opting for Getafe. But then the deal fell through and he signed for Celtic after all.
Griffiths aside, Celtic don’t have another regular goal scorer. Carlton Cole has recently signed and made his debut, but we are yet to see fully what he can offer. Meanwhile Ciftci is struggling to even get a game and Stokes is completely out of the picture now after being suspended for two weeks.
Scepovic wasn’t really given a proper run of games at Celtic, coming off the bench in most instances. At the time, it came as somewhat of a surprise to let him go on loan to Getafe as Celtic were very short of strikers.
Scepovic has looked back to his best at Getafe, having scored 3 goals in 12 appearances, starting just 7 of those games. Putting that into context, Getafe are currently sitting 13th in La Liga, just 4 points from relegation.
Would Scepovic returning to Celtic be beneficial? I don’t see why not. It looks certain now that Stokes will be sold in January, so it would be player for player in that instance.
Saying that though, Celtic do only play one up front, and that one player at the minute is the on fire Leigh Griffiths. Would Scepovic put him out of the team? I don’t think so. It would probably only be coming off the bench again at Celtic. Unless Griffiths all of a sudden stops scoring.
I’m not too sure how reliable Balkan Talk is, but it’s worthwhile keeping an eye on it with the January transfer window coming ever closer.