Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons has slammed Celtic’s recruitment this summer, writing in his regular Scottish Daily Mail column (19/08 print edition, The Verdict supplement, page 16).
The Hoops of course exited the UEFA Champions League last week, with some pointing to our inability to strengthen a beleaguered squad as a key reason.
Left with a tricky Europa League play-off, there are serious questions to be asked of the decision makers at Celtic Park.
Commons wants to know where the long-term planning is.
He’s also very concerned about new recruits Boli Bolingoli and Christopher Jullien.
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (19/08 print edition, The Verdict supplement, page 16), he said: “Every year we hear that January is such an important window because the Champions League qualifiers come so early but the signings made in that month are normally always short-term fixes.
“Where’s the long-term planning?
“The worrying thing is that it’s questionable if the money that has been spent so far has been put to good use. Both Bolingoli and Jullien look to be well off the pace.”
The Bolingoli/Jullien problem
There’s no doubt that both defenders have looked pretty shaky in their initial appearances. The left-back has made critical errors that have led to goals. Jullien meanwhile just looks a step behind in his reading of the game.
We must hope this is simply a confidence or adjustment problem rather than any representation of their ability. With more matches there’s every chance the duo settle down to become solid performers.
Serious money has been spent on the pair. We simply can’t afford to make, or have made, big signing errors, this season especially.
As for the long-term planning, Commons is simply right. As hard as it is to hear, key personnel have been dire in assessing our needs. Our squad should have been well stocked early this summer in time for crucial matches.
It’s a lesson we must learn, or we’ll continue to make the same mistakes.