Lennon looks to improve Celtic's squad depth but his quotes lack ambition

By Euan Davidson

December 9, 2020

Neil Lennon addressed speculation about Celtic’s January transfer window ahead of the Europa League clash against Lille.

While the match itself holds reduced interest, owing to Celtic being effectively eliminated from the competition by Sparta Prague (Glasgow Live), questions turned to squad building and off-field unrest.

Lennon told reporters (Celtic FC/YouTube):

“I don’t know about changes but we certainly need to add to the squad in a couple of areas and that’s what we want to do.

“We want to identify those positions and try to get players in.

“January is a difficult month to do business but we will endeavour to do that. It could go right to the end of the month as it always does in these transfer windows.”

Last January, Celtic brought in Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro (Transfermarkt), for a combined £5.67m, but neither player has broken into permanent first-team contention.

Celtic fans will be clamouring for investment in the Lennon’s starting XI, rather than squad options.

Hatem Elhamed: on the move? / (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic open to loan deals

“We’ve had a couple of long-term injuries to players in specific positions. So you’re looking at wide players to augment what we already have. Whether it’ll be permanent or a loan until the end of the season, we’re just looking to bolster that sort of area.”

Celtic most probably will see some departures, however. Hatem Elhamed is looking for a move back to Israel, while Shane Duffy’s unimpressive form may see his loan from Brighton cut short.

Lennon’s mention of further loan deals might also be cause for concern amongst the support. Diego Laxalt and Mohammed Elyounoussi have played well since joining from A.C. Milan and Southampton respectively. That said, it’s short-term thinking from the club that has caused ire amongst the support.

Lennon’s comments will disappoint many supporters. While he’s hardly going to announce his real intentions during a press conference, fans will be looking for reinforcements at the back as well as adding to Celtic’s wing depth.

It seems typical Celtic at the moment. The big problems are going unaddressed, and loan signings are likely to continue as a norm.

In any case, Celtic need investment if they’re to chase a 10th consecutive title. Nothing less than 100% commitment to the cause from the board will do for supporters.