Neil Lennon reckons that the Celtic first-team squad isn’t as big as many would have you believe.

It is a commonly held view that the Hoops have several options for every position, and even in the event of an injury crisis, could field a team that would beat most others handily.

However, Lennon doesn’t think we have the size of squad that many perceive, as he spoke to press on Thursday.


“Everyone goes on about how big our squad is,” the gaffer said, as shown on the club’s official YouTube channel.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“It’s not massive. We’ve trimmed it and we’ve got a lot of injuries at the minute as well.

“So it’s not as big as everyone likes to think it is. To the point where we had Karamoko on the bench last week and young Welsh on the bench in the last couple of games.”

Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele

Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembele (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Hopefully Lennon can add to his squad before tomorrow night

Lennon makes a pertinent point but it’s one that many supporters also realise.

We are incredibly well covered in some areas – like goalkeeper, right and left-back – where we have three of more first-team options.

The side is also well stacked in centre-midfield however there are a number of areas where we are pretty reliant on one or two players.

For example, there isn’t a good alternative to James Forrest on the right-wing. Many hoped that Marian Shved could be that, and he may still be in time.

Celtic have been pretty reliant on James Forrest

Celtic have been pretty reliant on James Forrest (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But for now he is not a first-team ready player, much like many others.

At centre-back we are a little short too in the event of injuries while the same can now be said on the left of midfield.

If Lennon knows this, and is admitting it publicly, then you’d like to think he’d be looking to add some reinforcements before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

Time will tell if that is the case.

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