Celtic boss Neil Lennon has interestingly been talking up the January transfer window as he admitted he was hoping to add some “quality” signings to the club.
There has been a cataclysmic wave of negativity surrounding the club over the last two months that stretches back to the defeat to Rangers at Celtic Park. The Hoops have never really recovered, with our form suffering massively after that one.
Since then, Lennon has watched on as fans have demonstrated against his tenure outside Parkhead, making his job an extremely difficult one to be in.
But with the fans so restless, the manager has tried to throw them a bone by talking up what we could do in January.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Lennon said: “We have identified areas where we want to add and we are working away in the background on that. Hopefully, we will get a bit of business done that will freshen things up and, hopefully, add a bit of quality to the squad.”
Lennon wants quality in Lawwell
This is an interesting situation the Celtic boss has placed Peter Lawwell in here. He’s actively looking for fresh quality to bring in over the course of January, and after what we spent in the summer window, you would imagine the club hierarchy could’ve done without splashing out next month.
A failure to deliver some genuinely strong targets that will strengthen certain areas of the pitch will reflect woefully on the Celtic board.
But this is quite clearly Lennon trying to throw the supporters a bone. He knows how exciting the January window is for fans, and he knows they get a kick out of discussing new signings or signing plans for a particular window.
Of course, there are no guarantees that Neil will actually make it to January. He still has matches against the likes of St Johnstone, Kilmarnock, Ross County, Dundee United, and Hamilton to negotiate respectively. Failure to do so in even one of those games will surely see him head out the door.
And this is exactly why the club should’ve made a change when they had the chance. A new man likely won’t have the time to assess the squad before January anymore, and it could throw our plans into chaos for the window should the manager struggle to keep hold of his job in December.
In any case, Lennon’s right to forward plan – let’s get that right. So long as he’s still the Celtic manager he should be preparing as such. But he’s made it clear what he wants in the new year – quality signings. Let’s see if Lawwell can deliver in what will be our last chance to strengthen for the 10.