With everyone looking at what areas of the Celtic squad needs tweaked this month, there’s one area that’s definitely going to need work in the summer transfer window.
In what remains one of our strongest areas of the pitch at the moment, the left-mid position sees Celtic have three viable candidates.
The departures of both Scott Sinclair and Lewis Morgan (the latter being imminent), sees Celtic go down from five left-wingers to three. However, two of our remaining three left-sided attackers are only on loan until the end of the season.
Both Mohamed Elyounoussi and Daniel Arzani won’t be around next season unless Celtic try to get them back. Granted, we’re apparently keen on bringing Arzani back up (The World Game), but surely that’ll be dependent on what kind of impact he makes between now and the summer.
That effectively leaves us with only Mikey Johnston contracted to the club beyond the summer. In the space of December 2019 to June 2020, four left-wingers will have left the club. That shows just how urgent it is to keep tabs on this position heading into the summer window.
Not an area that needs sorting this month
Celtic are still well stacked in the area for now. There’s no point in looking to tackle this before the end of the window. After all, we don’t want to find ourselves having another overload of options like we had in the first half of the season.
It would be hugely surprising if we kept Elyounoussi, whilst Johnston has had his injury problems this season. It’s not inconceivable to think that any new signing we make in the summer could be the first-choice next term.
As things stand, there aren’t any other big areas of concern heading into the summer-time. All positions in the squad that need strengthening can be done this month.
However, it’s fair to say the loss of Sinclair and Morgan has certainly hacked into the deadwood down the flanks. You could even argue, if both Elyounoussi and Arzani weren’t to return, that the club may have to make a couple of signings in this position over the summer.
It’s something you can expect Neil Lennon to be working on over the next few months. In the past, we’ve seen just how detrimental it can be to not be prepared for the early Champions League qualifiers.
And after failing to integrate our new recruits in enough time this season, the same mistake can’t be made next year. The left-wing position most certainly applies to that.