Celtic manager Neil Lennon says that the club will continue to look to recruit a midfielder after failing to land David Turnbull. The Motherwell teenager’s move collapsed at the closing stages after a knee problem was discovered during his medical.
Lennon admitted the breakdown was frustrating but says Celtic have no option other than to plough on and look for other fresh faces.
He told the Scottish Sun: “The club did everything we could to make it happen but he’s a Motherwell player and we move on.
“We’ll have to look elsewhere. We were looking at that position anyway and thinking about bringing in another one on top of David. We will keep working on it.”
Lennon must get his priorities right this summer
Lennon’s revelation that the club were looking at another midfielder on top of Turnbull seems a bit needless. Yes, we are poised to lose Olivier Ntcham this summer and Youssouf Mulumbu and Eboue Kouassi could also go. But we’re still left with five or six central-midfielders, even in the absence of Turnbull. To add one more could be described as needless. Signing two seems a bit crazy.
Celtic are likely to have space for two central-midfielders in whatever formation Lennon decides to go with. The three leading players in that position are currently Scott Brown, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie. Added to that, we have Nir Bitton as a back-up while Ntcham is still on our books.
Tom Rogic will probably have to be fitted in somewhere more advanced while Ewan Henderson is another who can’t be discounted.
For Lennon to say that we were looking to add Turnbull and another central-midfielder seems a bit ludicrous. We’ve got big worries in other areas of the pitch – most notably full-back. The club have done well finding Christopher Jullien but they could do with recruiting some depth at right and left back before moving into midfield.
The centre of the park is Celtic’s strongest area and has been for some time. There’s an argument that it’s the one position that Lennon doesn’t have to strengthen. He must get his priorities right this summer because he doesn’t have an endless budget.