Chris Sutton wants Celtic to sign replacements for Hayes and Bolingoli

By John Reid

October 3, 2020

Celtic legend Chris Sutton has called on the Hoops to make some signings before the end of the transfer window to deal with the problem left-hand side area of the squad, the Daily Record reports.

With the transfer window set to shut on Monday night, the Hoops squad looks in fine fettle aside from the left-hand side of the park. The Hoops only have Greg Taylor as an option for that position, which isn’t good enough.

Sutton has called on replacements to be brought in for two left-sided players that left the club, Jonny Hayes and Boli Bolingoli. He also feels that the team is ‘too lopsided’, with Jeremie Frimpong on the right tasked to do the majority of the attacking from the wing.

“We all know what Celtic need”

“We all know what Celtic need. They are screaming out for a left full back or wing back to help out Greg Taylor. They’ve lost Jonny Hayes and Boli Bolingoli, so you could argue they need two more” Sutton said, writing in his Daily Record column.

Jonny Hayes left Celtic to return to Aberdeen (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“The side is far too lopsided at the moment and Jeremie Fringpong is constantly tasked with providing the attacking intent from the wide areas” he concluded.

Celtic fans will be agreeing with every word that Sutton says. It is not disrespectful to Greg Taylor to hope that Celtic sign another left-back before the window shuts.

Real issue if no left-sided player arrives

The club needs one for the sake of squad numbers. There would be a real problem if Taylor got injured. Callum McGregor would probably have to deputise at left-back again. That would not be a good idea.

Boli Bolingoli joined Istanbul Basaksehir on loan (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

The Hoops are too reliant of Frimpong when it comes to attacking as well. He is a great player, but he can’t do it all on his own.

On the plus side, the Hoops have reportedly been trying to sign a left-back in the transfer window. The Daily Mail reported in August that Celtic were interested in signing Leeds United’s Barry Douglas. However, as yet no move has been made.

Sutton probably won’t get his wish that Celtic sign two left-backs. However, you have to think that at least one will arrive at Celtic Park in the next 48 hours. If that doesn’t happen, Celtic will have failed to address a key issue in the squad.

In other news, Callum McGregor has dismissed any concerns over Odsonne Edouard.