Neil Lennon explains purpose of Celtic meeting today

By David Walton

December 17, 2019

Manager Neil Lennon has explained the purpose of today’s Celtic meetings.

On Sunday, the Celtic gaffer shot down suggestions that the Hoops were in for Andraz Sporar. He stated that a meeting would be held on Tuesday about what steps to take next (The Scotsman).

Celtic have some tweaking to do in January, and you would imagine that supporters will want to see both incomings and outgoings before the first month of the year is out.

Neil Lennon is set for an important meeting today (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

And it looks as though today’s meeting is going to be all about identifying targets for January. Speaking at his pre-match press conference for the Hearts game, Lenny touched on what the talks could entail.

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“We’ve got a meeting tomorrow. We’ll sit down and discuss things and discuss options. We’ll hopefully pinpoint one or two players and try and get a move on with that. But nothing at the minute (transfer news).”

No need for a hectic January

It almost feels dirty talking about positions in which this team needs strengthening. However, that doesn’t make a few tweaks here and there shouldn’t be made. It’s essential that Lenny continues to try and identify the best possible players for the club.

Lennon will want to build from a position of strength (Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

Lennon didn’t go into details about who will be attending this meeting today. It seems most likely going by what Lenny has said that it’ll be one for the coaching staff and scouting team to sit down and discuss options. There’s no confirmation that’s the case of course.

But it’s refreshing for Celtic to go into January knowing that not too much work needs to be done regarding incomings. The revolving Parkhead door, however, will surely be busy the other way.

Celtic have a host of fringe-men that need games during the second half of the season. The likes of Jack Hendry, Craig Gordon, Scott Sinclair, and Eboue Koussi are just a handful of players we have who need to find an exit route.

Will Lenny trim the fat of this Celtic squad? (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s a good opportunity for the club to trim the fat heading into a crucial second half of the season. Whilst we all want solid depth, there are certain areas where you could debate whether we have strength in it currently.

So January could be more of a fine-tuning exercise more than anything else. First and foremost, Lenny will want to make sure no key players depart too as he gets set to identify targets today.