Celtic fans have been left delighted by Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowan’s transfer window update earlier on this afternoon.
McGowan reported on Twitter that the imminent loan arrival of AC Milan’s Diego Laxalt will be the club’s only business of the day – including no big-name outgoings.
That means that the Hoops will have managed to bring six new signings whilst incredibly ensuring that they didn’t sell any of their prized assets. The likes of Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer, and Ryan Christie all look like being Celtic players when the window closes at midnight tonight.
And that’s left the supporters over the moon with how the club have tackled their first window in the chase for 10-in-a-row. Here’s a look at some of the reaction:
Class window if true. We’ve addressed every major positional concern with quality established players. Could maybe still do with cover here and there but honestly delighted with how everything has went. https://t.co/nEMNaMACGa
— Seán Markus Clifford (@seanmarkus_67) October 5, 2020
And that’s me satisfied with our business. A window that we expected big departures, to have none is cracking. Hopefully build on for the season ahead. https://t.co/SilMqRlkLF
— Stefan (@MrStefanCarlin) October 5, 2020
Update on what is thought to be our transfer business for the day
Would be happy with that, got the position in that we need and kept all valuable assets https://t.co/qQwA1w7WHt
— Lewis 🍋 (@LewisLaird01) October 5, 2020
Pleased with that. If we get Laxalt in then all in all I think it's been a great window particularly with lots of uncertainty about matchday revenue due to the pandemic 🍀 https://t.co/rQ3HwDtwL8
— Celtic Fc To The Core (@CelticFc_Core) October 5, 2020
Very successful window. Strengthened where we had to and kept our best players, 110% cannot complain https://t.co/Um2vNuP6vl
— Liam (@liamboyle_88) October 5, 2020
With Laxalt incoming and no players leaving it's shaping up to be a cracking window for Celtic. No-one can deny the board have heavily backed the manager.
Balls in Lennon and the players court now to deliver a successful season. https://t.co/KfHV2HMSji
— Wolfe Of Parkhead 🍀🏴 (@ParkheadWolfe) October 5, 2020
Exceptional work from the club tbf https://t.co/S4PRKEfWek
— Stuart Thomson (@Four_Four_Stu) October 5, 2020
Wilson in on loan would have been a bonus, but as long an extra option at LWB is covered and no one major leaves, then that'll do me… https://t.co/SR2R4CZ4qd
— Martin Wardhaugh (@MartinWardhaugh) October 5, 2020
If we get Laxalt and no big departures, that has to be the best transfer window we’ve ever had. Phenomenal. https://t.co/HheQAHX8tQ
— DeathofAttila (@ABurningPride) October 5, 2020
Superb work from the club – time for Lennon to make it work
We all know what it’s like as Celtic supporters. Regardless of how many times we’re told that we won’t sell, we all think we’ll do a deal on deadline day. Especially in campaigns where we haven’t managed to secure Champions League football.
And let’s be clear – there were plenty of excuses for the Celtic board to use when it came to selling a big name. Be it the global health pandemic’s grip on football, the lack of Champions League money, or the fact we’ve spent decent sums to bring (hopefully) six players to the club.
Yet Peter Lawwell and co have stuck by their manager. They’ve strengthened the areas that needed strengthening and ensured that we’re well covered everywhere else. You can’t give them anything other than an A+ for their efforts here.
Now, the onus falls on Neil Lennon to make things work this season. There was every excuse for the board to take one of his big names away, now it’s time for the manager and said big names to show why they’re so valuable to the club in the first place.
Yes, there is always a position or two you can look at and think we could’ve had another one in there. But that’s just being picky. There isn’t really one single area of the squad you now look at and think we’re in desperate need of another arrival.
Top marks to the club here – they deserve all the credit going. They’ve shown they understand just how big this season is to the supporters.