Neil Lennon wants Celtic to progress transfer work this week

By David Walton

August 2, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has stated that he’ll be working on “one or two” pieces of transfer work this week.

The Hoops’ 10-in-a-row bid kicked off in style this afternoon as Lennon’s Bhoys routed Hamilton in style with a 5-1 demolition job of the Accies. Odsonne Edouard’s hat-trick, Jeremie Frimpong’s effort, and Patryk Klimala’s late strike made for pleasurable viewing for the Celtic supporters.

However, that still doesn’t cover the fact that the likes of Jonny Hayes, Jozo Simunovic, and Craig Gordon have still to be replaced. Only Vasilios Barkas from AEK Athens and Mohamed Elyounoussi have been brought in from elsewhere this summer – the latter having already spent a year on loan at Parkhead last season.

Neil Lennon and John Kennedy (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

Yet, for Celtic fans concerned about any lack of strength in depth, those fears look as though they can be eased. Speaking to BBC Sportsound post-match, here’s what the manager had to say about potential transfer activity:

“Nothing at the minute. Hopefully, we can work on one or two this week, but we’re happy with the squad.

“We want to add one or two because apart from Moi and obviously Vasilios coming in we’re a little bit down on numbers from last year, but only if it’s right for the club and we think it’s the right one to do.

“You can never have enough good strikers, and good defenders, and good midfield players and good goalkeepers, so we’re always looking to improve and add to what we already have which is an immense amount of talent.”

Lennon simply not giving much away

The Celtic manager quite clearly isn’t looking to give anything away outside of the fact he wants some more bodies in the door. Barkas and Elyounoussi have been a start, but there are still some problem positions that need sorted.

Boli Bolingoli made his way back into the matchday squad for today’s Hamilton rout, but it was no surprise he didn’t get on. He’s been a disappointment ever since his move from Rapid Vienna last summer, and it doesn’t look as though Lennon has faith in him to deputise when Greg Taylor needs a rest. So left-back is one area that needs looked at.

As well as that, Celtic haven’t covered the departure of Simunovic. Outside of Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien, we’re short on centre-back cover. Hatem Elhamed can play there and there’s also young Stephen Welsh who impressed against Hamilton last season, but some more experience in there would be ideal.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

What’s great to see is that Lennon isn’t using today’s Hamilton result to mask the need for some new recruits. He still knows that work must be done in order to get the depth we need to achieve our goals both domestically and in Europe.

So it looks like it’s a case of watch this space this week. Ahead of next weekend’s trip to Kilmarnock, however, don’t expect anyone to come in the door this week and immediately jump into the side.

In other news, Martin O’Neill was certainly praiseworthy of one Celtic hero today.