The Scottish champions are looking to bring in a top-level striker after a disappointing campaign, but they have been told to look past the Nigerian as he is aiming far above the Celts
Denmark international defender Erik Sviatchenko believes Nigerian forward Paul Onuachu is ready to make a big step to either the English Premier League or the German Bundesliga, sweeping away suggestions Celtics could move for the Super Eagles striker in the summer.
Onuachu has been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe this term, with the 26-year-old netting a career-best 25 goals in all competitions for Belgian side KRC Genk.
There is likely going to be a scramble for the tall goal-getter in the summer with his physical presence and his deadly finishing abilities in the box set to attract some of the biggest clubs on the continent.
Celtics are among the frontrunners for Onuachu’s services. The Scottish giants are looking to rebuild their attack after a disappointing season that sees them surrender their ten-title-in-a-row dream.
But Sviatchenko, a teammate with Onuachu when they both played for Danish side FC Midtjylland, is convinced that Celtic has no chance to get the Super Eagles ace as he is ready to mix it with the big boys.
“I really don’t think Paul would move to Celtic at this point in his career,” Sviatchenko told Celts Are Here.
“His next step is likely the Premier League or a Bundesliga club.”
Onuachu has found the back of the net 24 times in the Belgian top-flight league, while his solitary appearance in the Cup also yielded a crucial winning goal against Sint Truiden last month.
The FC Ebedei product has a contract with Racing Genk until the end of the 2023-2024 season.