Celtic legend Chris Sutton is hopeful that the Hoops will make additions to the squad in the January transfer window. In the aftermath of the 2-0 Europa League loss to Cluj, and ahead of the draw for the last 32, he has identified two areas the Hoops must look to make signings in. Those are central defence, and striker.
“I keep looking back to last Sunday’s cup final…they had Lewis Morgan leading the line” Sutton said, writing in his column in the Daily Record.
“In many respects it was the perfect scenario for Lennon as not only did they still win the game, he can now go to Peter Lawwell in January and justifiably state his need to recruit a striker” Sutton said.
He then addressed the centre-back situation.
“Could do with being bolstered”
“It was clearly evident in Romania there are areas in the team Celtic need to strengthen Regardless of what anyone says, central defence is another problem which could do with being bolstered.”
It does seem likely that the Hoops will look to bring in a striker in January. They can’t get into another situation where Lewis Morgan leads the line.
However, it would be a bit of a surprise if Celtic looked to sign a central defender in January. The partnership of Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer has done well this season. Nir Bitton can also deputise in that position.
Injured players still to return
The Hoops should also be boosted by the return of Jozo Simunovic when he recovers from his knee injury. Hatem Abd Elhamed can also play centre-back when he returns from his injury.
That should provide enough competition for the centre-back places until the end of the season. It does make sense for Celtic to make additions to the squad in January. It is always a good idea to add to the squad when things are going well.
Striker does seem to be the ideal position for the Hoops to bolster during the January window. That might not be the case when it comes to central defence though. Only time will tell.