'Massive concern'; Chris Sutton makes Celtic transfer plea as he questions squad depth

By John McGinley

July 22, 2020

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has urged the club to make progress with signings, questioning the depth of the squad currently available to manager Neil Lennon, The Daily Record reports.

So far this summer the only bit of incoming business completed has been the loan extension of winger Mohamed Elyounoussi.

While that was very welcome, it’s just one of a number of deals needed if Celtic are to maintain the incredible success of recent years and improve further on the pitch.

Last season’s stand-out Fraser Forster has returned to Southampton, while other regular faces such as Jozo Simunovic and Jonny Hayes have left the club too.

With Leigh Griffiths not up to the required fitness standard so far, there are even question marks about the two-man attack that proved successful in early 2020.

Sutton is happy with the midfield in place at the Hoops but has concerns about every other area of the team.

Speaking to the Daily Record, he said: “The manager will be sitting on the bench week in and week out with his fingers crossed praying that he doesn’t get injuries to key men.

“We’ve spoken about the midfield area, that’s the only area where you could look at Celtic and say: ‘Do you know what? I think they’re alright there’. Every other area on the pitch is a massive, massive concern for me.

“Neil’s not daft, Neil will be aware of that.

“Neil will have to be so, so lucky in terms of his main men staying fit to win every trophy this season – at this moment in time. Everybody can see what needs to be done, they just need to do it.”

With just over a week left until the start of the Scottish Premiership season, time is ticking for the recruitment team at Celtic Park.

However, the transfer window is also open until October, so there is less formal time pressure than in previous years.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

What may concern fans though is that the fixture schedule is already looking exceptionally busy with European qualifiers arriving in mid-August, before cup action later in the year that also potentially makes life in the league more difficult.

A transfer revolution isn’t needed at Celtic. This team have more than proven themselves in recent years.

Sutton’s point is spot on though – the squad needs more depth and quickly.

In other news, Celtic have made contact with West Ham about signing striker Albian Ajeti.