Marc Antoine Fortune would love to see Robbie Keane back at Celtic next season after admitting big-name signings are essential this summer.
The Hoops have refused to give up hope of persuading the Tottenham striker to return to the east end of Glasgow after he netted 12 goals in an impressive loan spell last term. Fortune felt the arrival of Keane in the second half of the campaign boosted his own form in what he admits was a difficult first season at Celtic and he now hopes a deal can be struck.
"Of course I would like to see him back here," he said. "Robbie is a star player and I really enjoyed playing with him and I think we did well together."
He added: "I think the club has a lot of targets and we need players for the group. Robbie is a player who would be welcome.
"One player cannot make all the team, it's not one player who decides the issue of the season.
"It's the whole team, the whole group, and Robbie would be part of that group. If we all do well, we can do well this season. Of course, if we add good players it can only be good for Celtic.
"Celtic is a big club so they need big names."
Assistant manager Johan Mjallby revealed that boss Neil Lennon is still hopeful Keane could return for another temporary spell.
He said: "I don't know Tottenham's thinking when it comes to Robbie. He is out of our reach when it comes to buying him. But a loan would be perfect for us."