Celtic must not take the cheap option with transfer targets this summer

By Hamish Carton

June 6, 2019

The main fear of the majority of the Celtic support about Neil Lennon’s appointment is that the club are taking a step back. The Northern Irishman is not an un-liked figure at Celtic Park but there is a worry that his arrival signals a retreat from those in charge.

Under Brendan Rodgers, Celtic went from strength to strength. We clinched seven successive trophies with little fuss, marched closer to the fabled ten and battered our weary rivals several times en route.

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The bar was raised by Rodgers. Training, sports science and coaching all improved. The level of player acquired by the club also got better with the likes of Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard signings that wouldn’t have been made under previous regimes.

We broke our transfer record with the signing of Edouard last summer but you’d get good odds on a similar fee being shelled out this time round. Suddenly the calibre of our targets doesn’t seem to be quite as high.

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The right-back example

Celtic have been looking for a right-back for some time now. In January we went after Belgian international Timothy Castagne to solve the problem position.

Last month, the 23-year-old told the Daily Record that Celtic had bid Atalanta £8million for his services. Celtic ultimately failed in their move for the defender but the intention was there. It was clear that the club were ready to bid high if the right player became available.

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Fast forward to this summer and we’re not being linked with the same calibre of player. The club are reported to be in for Sheffield United right-back George Baldock with the Daily Mail reporting that we have “opened talks.”

The Englishman may go on to be a top player if he signs but it does seem like he’s a notch down from the likes of Castagne. We should be looking to improve targets every single summer, not taking a cheaper option.

With ten-in-a-row on the line we can’t afford to downsize in any way. Hopefully the club are listening and hear the fans loud and clear.