Celtic have made two signings in this transfer window, and neither have addressed their defensive issues.
Both Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah have joined the Hoops on similar six month loan deals.
While both additions are welcome, they still haven’t addressed Celtic’s defensive concerns.
With Dedryck Boyata’s future still uncertain, Celtic don’t have many senior centre-backs tied down at the club for the future.
Filip Benkovic will return to Leicester in the summer, leaving Brendan Rodgers short at the back.
The manager will be left with Jozo Simunovic, Jack Hendry and Kristoffer Ajer to choose from, unless they act now in the transfer window.
Boyata looks like he will be leaving the club in the summer. Celtic would be negligent to let his contract run down without replacing him.
Another issue Celtic are yet to address is the right back position.
Mikael Lustig has still not signed a new contract at the club. It is still unknown if he will be here next season.
Celtic were linked with a move to Timothy Castagne from Atalanta, but those rumours have gone cold recently.
With many believing Lustig’s best days to be behind him, Celtic cannot progress into the future without signing a quality right back.
Anthony Ralston and Cristian Gamboa are not good enough to play week in week out for Celtic.
Quality over quantity
It is encouraging to see Celtic getting deals done this early in the transfer window. Celtic have two attackers in, and another in Vakoun Issouf Bayo potentially joining the club soon.
However, they entered the window needing to address some major defensive issues.
With injury concerns over Benkovic and Simunovic, Celtic needed at least two defensive additions whether Boyata committed his future to the club or not.
It’s still early, so no one should hit the panic button yet. However, the next three weeks are vital for Celtic to get their squad together for another tilt at a treble.