Interim manager John Kennedy has confirmed that Celtic are putting transfer plans in place for the new manager’s arrival.
Celtic play their final game of the season at Hibernian this afternoon before this dismal campaign is finally over. Therefore, Hoops supporters will be itching to see an appointment made as soon as possible with no more reasons to put it off.
One of the main concerns regarding this is the lack of time the manager has to really crack on with the summer rebuild. Celtic could need over 10 players this summer to cover every position in their squad efficiently. With Champions League qualifiers starting in July, that doesn’t leave us with too much time.
Celtic have recently been linked with both Kevin Nisbet and Aaron Hickey [Scottish Sun]. And when asked about those links at his presser yesterday, Kennedy confirmed work is ongoing to put some transfer plans in place for the new man.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Kennedy said: “Everyone in this league will be covered. We will know who potentially could be capable of coming and who not. Kevin Nisbet has had a good season. Jack Ross has done a terrific job with him as well.
“We will respect that but again it will be the new manager’s decision. There are continual updates in terms of what they’ve seen, looked at, what’s available and what could be of interest.
“Things will be put in place for when the club appoint a new manager. He has to make the decisions along with the club for what’s right for the group of players. It’s an ongoing process without any decisions being made.”
Celtic doing work on their transfer plans can only be a positive
You’ve got to be satisfied with this. It makes total sense for the new manager to be given scouting reports and a debrief on what’s available in Scottish football.
Celtic have enough people at the club already who know the league inside out. That will give the next manager the opportunity to make some quickfire signings should he wish to do so.
It’s also a potential indicator that Celtic are looking to do their work early in the summer window this year. That would be extremely ideal given the number of players we need. Nobody would expect the rebuild to be completed by July, but making a quick start on it is essential.
If Celtic weren’t doing this already, it would’ve easily prolonged the process of new signings. There is some real talent in Scottish football at the minute, and the new boss needs to make decisions on what he wants to do with them.
You have the likes of Ali McCann and Alan Campbell available too. It’s not just Nisbet, and it’s promising that the club are looking to ensure all of this information is made available to the new manager.
Work like this is key to a quick start this summer. Hopefully, when the new boss is announced, signings quickly follow. They simply need to.