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It’s a funny thing, perception. On the one hand, Celtic have a front line capable of sowing fear in the heart of defenses from top to bottom.

Giorgos Giakoumakis edged out Donyell Malen, Dusan Tadic and co despite relegation from Eredivisie last season while, with two goals in Saturday’s 3-0 against Ross County, Albian Ajeti appears to have regained some of the form that l ‘saw score 21 times for Basel in 2018/19.

Then again, Giakoumakis never seemed to become a regular goalscorer until an unexpected purple spot at VVV-Venlo. Is he anything other than a one-season wonder?

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Ajeti, meanwhile, has just eight goals in 36 games for Celtic and anyone who thinks he’s capable of replicating Odsonne Edouard’s influence needs to change the prescription of his rose-tinted glasses.

As we said, perception is a funny thing.

Will Celtic regret having sold Odsonne Edouard to Crystal Palace?

To be fair, it will be some time before we can determine the health of Celtic’s frontline. Can Giakoumakis and Ajeti score consistently, as they did in Holland and Switzerland respectively?

Or to toil, as they did at AEK Athens and West Ham?

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Either way, M’Baye Niang’s continued availability should give Ante Postecoglou, in the words of one esteemed philosopher, a lot to ponder.

The absence of star man Kyogo Furuhashi for four to six weeks means Celtic suddenly appear to lack depth in the final third. And that could become a real problem, especially with tough outings against Real Betis, Bayer Leverkusen and Hibernian on the horizon.

In July, FootMercato reported that Celtic had shown interest in Niang, the widely traveled Senegal international, formerly of Watford and AC Milan.

Although he scored 14 goals in 2018/19 – and 15 in 2019/20 – Niang is not in favor of Rennes and, if Celtic had made an offer that the Ligue 1 team found acceptable, they would not have opposed him if the attacker had asked to trade Brittany for Britain.

Unfortunately for Postecoglou, January is four months away.

And with L’Equipe reporting that Bordeaux could use a Ligue 1 rule of thumb to get Niang back outside the transfer window, it seems unlikely that he will still be available when the window reopens.

Hopefully Furuhashi comes back, Ajeti stays in shape and Giakoumakis adapts. Otherwise, it will be difficult to argue for a post-Edwardian Celtic side vying for the top honors this season.

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