Strachan to keep spending tight at Celtic

January 2, 2007

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has ruled out major surgery on his faltering strikeforce during the January transfer window.

The Bank of Scotland Premier League leaders drew their third game out of four at Motherwell on Saturday as the home side created the bulk of the chances.

Strachan will not splash out on a big-name forward this month as he seeks improvement from his current strikers.

But he admitted he may seek a 'short-term' solution to add some experience to his attack. Kenny Miller has failed to find the net in 13 appearances while Maciej Zurawski has not scored in four games.

Holland striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink has not played since the Hoops beat Manchester United in November but he is set for a comeback from his hamstring injury.

Craig Beattie made his first appearance for three months at Fir Park after a similar problem, but his lack of match practice was evident when he took a poor touch and spooned a decent chance well over the crossbar. Miller began to win over the Hoops faithful with some hard-working displays and important goals against Rangers, Copenhagen and Benfica.

However, he has only scored five times since joining the club on a free transfer from Wolves and missed a penalty in the 1-0 win over Falkirk before Christmas.

Strachan said: 'It has not been fully functioning from the start of the season but we have to get on with it and the strikers who are not scoring must get on with it as well.'

Strachan declared his side's possession in the final third was not good enough in the 1-1 draw against Well.

He admitted such under-achievement up front puts pressure on his side.

And he added: 'It also keeps the other team in the game.'

The Hoops boss hinted his targets for the transfer window would be long-term investments as he relies on his strikers returning to form and fitness.

He said: 'We need players playing and we need to get these players scoring goals, that is the priority at the moment.'

But he did not rule out bringing in some experience to liven up his goal threat.

'There might be a short-term thing like Dion Dublin coming last year,' he said.