When Neil Lennon joked that he’d like to spend the money generated from Kieran Tierney’s sale on five players he probably didn’t think he’d really be meaning it less than a week later.

The Celtic boss made the tongue in cheek comment following Tierney’s move to Arsenal – saying that he wouldn’t mind getting the £25million to spend on as many as five recruits.

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“I’ll be standing with my hands out,” he told the Scottish Sun.

“We’ll look to bring another left-back in, no question, and a right-back as well, a left winger, a right winger and maybe a centre-forward.”

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But after Celtic fell to Cluj with a below par performance on Tuesday, Lennon may not be smirking as much.

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Lennon needs to sign some quality players

The harsh reality is that Celtic could probably do with that many signings before the Scottish window closes on September 2nd. We need to sign a full-back on both sides while another centre-back wouldn’t go a miss.

Celtic could also do with a holding-midfielder in the style of Victor Wanyama for our assault on the Europa League. Our left-wing options suddenly don’t seem as good after Mikey Johnston failed to show up against Cluj while another striker wouldn’t be too bad an idea either.

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Celtic can get out of this mess in the coming weeks. But only if they decide to spend big on some top players. Bargain deals aren’t going to cut it anymore with the fans already starting to turn on the board and management. We need to recruit quality players in important areas of the park.

If we do that then we can still rescue our season. Otherwise it could be a long, hard year.

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