BBC reporter Martin Dowden has stated that Neil Lennon believes a new signing is imminent at Parkhead.
Celtic fans are still craving several problem positions being filled before the end of the transfer window. The Hoops only have until tonight at midnight to sign up new players for the Champions League second qualifying round tie against Nomme Kaljue (UEFA, Page 43). So having players in for then seems unlikely.
A right-back is high on the list of priorities. Kristoffer Ajer has been forced to play there on two occasions out of two in Europe, and whilst he’s capable, it certainly isn’t ideal for the Hoops.
Dowden made the claim on Twitter, however, and there’s no guarantee the signing will be today. Instead, he said that Lennon told him one would be in at some stage in the coming days.
— Martin Dowden (@_MartinDowden) July 17, 2019
There’s not much else to go on outside of this. If a deal is set to be done, Celtic deserve immense praise for managing to get it done so quietly. High-profile summer pursuits for several targets haven’t worked out, but new signings are a necessity.
BBC reporter claim hopefully leads to right-back
There’s no denying that’s what’s urgently needed. If there’s one position that needs sorting it’s the one Mikael Lustig left behind. His replacement hasn’t yet been sealed, and Anthony Ralston simply won’t cut it.
Of course, if it isn’t a right-back, another centre-back would also be useful. We still only have three reliable first-team centre-backs currently at the club. Another to replace Jack Hendry would see us head into the campaign with a strong looking back-line. But that, for now, still remains secondary to the right-back.
Midfield is another area widely being regarded as something Lennon wants to strengthen. But any new signing won’t get in ahead of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor against Nomme Kalju. A number 10 to battle Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic could be wise given the injury problems to both, but again it isn’t absolutely vital.
It’s a total guessing game at the moment. With a bit of luck, all will be revealed in the coming days. And, as well as that, here’s hoping it’s nowhere near our final bit of business this summer.