Former Celtic player Davie Provan suggests the Hoops’ spending power in the upcoming January transfer window could tip the balance of power in the Scottish Premiership this season towards Celtic Park, writing in his regular Scottish Sun column.

Both Neil Lennon’s side and Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit have started the league season in excellent form, with neither showing any signs of slowing down any time soon.

That could make the upcoming transfer window a critical month for Lennon and his recruitment team, with the potential to add real quality to his first-team and wider squad.

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Provan, who regularly provides punditry on match commentary for Sky Sports, believes that the cash available to the Scottish champions is a massive advantage.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “The wise money should still be on Celtic, who could make the January transfer window a game-changer.

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“Having made £8.8m in compensation from Rodgers’ switch to Leicester on top of Kieran Tierney’s £25m fee, Celts are holding the whip hand.

 

“Lennon has already hinted he’s looking for another striker. If he gets the right player in, Celtic should have more than enough to hold off Rangers’ challenge.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

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Do Provan’s figures add up?

The £8.8m compensation figure for Rodgers comes from Celtic’s annual report, while the £25m received from Arsenal was confirmed by the club to the stock exchange in August.

It’s simplistic to suggest all of this cash will be made immediately available to the recruitment staff at Celtic Park this January.

We did add a number of quality players during the summer transfer window and there are other running costs to consider at the club, especially since we did not secure Champions League football.

However, Provan is right to point out we have monster spending power in January in relation to every other club in Scotland, including Rangers.

If we need to bring in players or Lennon feels he needs a bit of outstanding quality in key positions, then we have the ability to back him and handle that.

For us, as fans, that means a rather exciting January could be around the corner.

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