Neil Lennon says Celtic aren't finish in the transfer market

By David Walton

July 24, 2019

Neil Lennon has excitingly claimed that Celtic are “nowhere near” done in the transfer market as it stands.

With Hatem Abd Elhamed set to come in, that would make our total number of signings go up to four. He would join Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, Christopher Jullien, and Luca Connell respectively. Bringing in Elhamed will seriously help sort out the current right-back issue too.

In the past, Celtic have often failed to give themselves the appropriate cover in every position. And it’s clear this summer that the signings must continue with the gaps we still have in the squad.

Hatem Abd Elhamed looks like being our fourth signing of the summer (William Van Hecke/Corbis via Getty Images)

Evidently, Lennon feels the same way. Speaking at his presser via Celtic TV, the Celtic manager said the end wasn’t in sight regarding our summer spending.

“There’s a bit of work to do yet. Nowhere near is the answer to that (how close is he to finalising the squad).”

So just where do we need to strengthen in the transfer market?

So it sounds as though Lennon has a few areas on his mind when it comes to strengthening this summer. His statement during his press conference certainly didn’t sound as if he was only looking at bringing one or two more in.

If Celtic sign Elhamed, there is an obvious need for a second right-back this summer. Anthony Ralston looks so far out of the picture at Parkhead, whilst Kristoffer Ajer has to be moved back to centre-back too.

Neil Lennon wants more players in before the transfer window closes (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’s also important not to forget that we need another centre-back in too. We only currently have three reliable centre-backs, with Nir Bitton still coming out of his natural midfield position to help out for now. He and Jack Hendry likely won’t be considered at the back as the season goes on.

Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie have both had their injury problems in the past. The former is out injured at the current moment with no end in sight too. Therefore, you can see why we’ve been linked with a few number 10s in this window. Celtic could certainly do with splashing the cash on one to provide serious competition.

Could Tom Rogic’s injury woes see us pluck a number 10? (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Lennon said towards the end of last season that a striker was his top priority this summer (The Herald). It’s evident that those plans have changed,but it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the manager try and pluck one before the summer window is over.

It’s clear Lennon still thinks there’s plenty of work to do on the squad. Hopefully, that leads to a few more exciting acquisitions before the window shuts on September 2nd.