Celtic could have a tough time luring top January targets; sweeping changes should've been made

By David Walton

December 7, 2020

It’s difficult to know whether to actually admire the board’s stubbornness when it comes to Neil Lennon or not.

You would’ve thought that there would’ve been emergency protocols in place for yesterday’s game. Nevermind it feeling like a last-chance saloon – that was what last week’s game against Ross County should’ve been.

Celtic should’ve had an agreement in place with Lennon that if he failed to pick up three points, there would’ve been a press release last night confirming he was for the off. It’s the only thing that would’ve appeased supporters who are baying for a managerial change.

But looking forward as Lennon continues to cling onto his job and January looks like an absolutely thankless task for the club now.

Celtic’s job in the new year will be to strengthen appropriately. Several high-quality players need to come into Parkhead including a goalkeeper, a centre-back, and a right-winger to name only three.

But Celtic is starting to look like a toxic environment to be in at the moment. We don’t look an attractive sell, and any player arriving in Glasgow will be thrown into a situation that isn’t ideal for bedding in.

Celtic not a good sell at the moment

Take Bright Osayi-Samuel for example. Both Celtic and Rangers have been reportedly scouting him in the past (Glasgow Live). Why would a player with absolutely no connection to the club choose us over our rivals at the minute?

We’re 13 points behind them in the league, out of Europe whilst they’re thriving in it, and ridden with uncertainty whilst they have a stable structure in place. If we’re competing with them for anyone, we’ve made such a mess of ourselves that it’ll be an almost impossible task to lure them to Parkhead over Ibrox.

And the same principle stands for players who Celtic have been linked with that our rivals don’t want. Mark McKenzie, for example, will almost certainly have interest from elsewhere. Again, why come here? The prospect of 10-in-a-row looks a futile argument when we’re sitting 13 points behind. And goodness knows what the points gap will be after the game at Ibrox on January 2nd if Lennon doesn’t leave.

Why should the likes of Mark McKenzie choose Celtic? (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

10-in-a-row was our carrot this January. Our final chance to lure quality to the club and get ourselves strapped up to secure the historic achievement. But the board’s constant backing of Lennon has led to distasteful scenes outside Celtic Park and an atmosphere around the club that will put targets off.

In 25 days from now, the January window will officially open. Any new manager, if we even hire one, will barely have a moment to judge the squad and figure out what needs done.

The board’s defiant backing of the manager has made our January work a lot more difficult than it should’ve been. With the way our club is being run, good luck selling it to decent players who have other options on the table.

In other news, Lennon has demanded these two Celtic stars “be fitter”.