Pierre Van Hooijdonk warns Celtic board over title challenge

By daniel.cole

January 16, 2019

Former Celtic striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk has warned the Celtic board they must back Brendan Rodgers during the January transfer window.

The Dutchman believes the Bhoys face a serious threat to their title aspirations, with the resurgence of rivals Rangers.

As things stand, Celtic sit atop the Premiership via goal difference ahead of the Ibrox side. However, Rodgers’ side have the advantage of a game in hand.

The Bhoys limped their way to the winter break. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Van Hooijdonk believes the onus is now on the Celtic board to provide Rodgers with the ammunition he needs to get Celtic over the line again.

“When the manager is looking for players then you should definitely back him,” he told the Daily Record.

“Especially someone who has done so well for Celtic for some years.

“You want to have a big quality squad. That will win you titles.”

Rodgers has already added three players in the window so far. Attackers Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke joined the team on loan until the end of the season. £2m man Vakoun Issouf Bayo is the club’s only permanent transfer thus far in the window.

Olivier Ntcham could make way, giving Rodgers more funds to spend. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Rangers themselves have added Steven Davis and Jermaine Defoe on loan in the window. They have added experience to their team hoping to pose a serious threat to Celtic.

However, it is all about how Celtic respond. If they can reinforce their defence and their attacking additions flourish, they will surely see off the threat from their rivals.

They also may sell players to raise even more funds for their assault on the transfer market.

Olivier Ntcham could leave the club for Portuguese giants Porto. If reports are to believed, Chancel Mbemba could be sent to Celtic along with a heft £14m transfer fee.

Celtic could get £14m and a quality addition to their fledgling back line. The January transfer window could be a serious win for the Hoops.

(photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Pierre makes his point

Van Hooijdonk’s comments are unlikely to plunge the Celtic board into action. His opinion, however, does come from a good place.

The striker was a cult hero at the Hoops before leaving for Nottingham Forrest under a cloud. He has never shied away from his love of the club.

Whether Rangers do pose a serious threat or not, the importance of Celtic’s January dealings does not change.

Not only should they be building for a tilt at a third domestic treble, they have a European tie against Valencia too.

Also, they need to build for next year’s Champions League qualifiers, and ensure their Greek tragedy in Athens never happens again.