Daily Record journalist Gordon Parks has cast some worrying claims about two of Celtic’s summer signings in Albian Ajeti and Shane Duffy.
The Hoops board backed Neil Lennon big time in the summer when the club splashed out £5million on former West Ham man Ajeti in particular (Sky Sports). Duffy then came in after a dreadful start to the season defensively, with the club paying Brighton £2m of a loan fee for the big Irishman (Sky Sports).
However, the moves have turned sour for both men as Ajeti hasn’t scored since September and Duffy’s horrendous run of early-season form has seen him drop to the bench.
And Parks has provided an intriguing view of his own as he looked to provide some insight into the inner workings of both deals, and typically, they don’t make for great reading for Celtic fans. Writing in his Daily Record column, Parks said the following:
“In the weeks leading up to Albian Ajeti’s £5million move from West Ham, a well-placed agent called to discuss the prospect and admitted the Hammers couldn’t wait to recoup some of the £8million they’d forked out to Basel for their flop.
“The summary from the player’s time in London didn’t include any terms of endearment, the agent laughed at the prospect of Celtic being ‘sold a pup’ and insisted the Swiss international was well short of the quality required to become a success in Glasgow.
“Privately, Lennon had concerns over the arrival of Shane Duffy, he’d done his homework and he knew the limitations of a player who turned slower than the QE2 and may not be the man needed to steady the ship.”
Lennon shouldn’t be pleased with his summer work
Yes, many fans may question these claims from Parks and wonder whether Lennon would truly sanction signings for players who their clubs are desperate to get rid of or players whom he himself isn’t even a big fan of.
But the fact is that it would hardly surprise you if the source was true. After all, neither of the pair have been successful whatsoever since signing in the summer, and there are no signs that either man is going to shoot himself back into form in the immediate future also.
The bottom line is that Lennon should be infuriated with his summer work. You can throw in Vasilis Barkas, David Turnbull, and Mohamed Elyounoussi into the mix when you’re talking about signings who haven’t made the impact we hoped this year. Turnbull, of course, has seldom been given a chance this year.
The summer window was our big chance of building appropriately for a 10-in-a-row push. It was a window we should’ve been going all out in. Granted, the money spent combined with the fact we kept our top players does suggest the club pushed out a tad. But none have been successful, and that’s on the manager.
If Lennon was indeed questioning the prospect of signing Duffy, then that would lead to even bigger concerns in the boardroom. Is it truly incomprehensible that Peter Lawwell/Dermot Desmond aren’t getting involved in some of the transfer work? Lawwell’s the man who has to has to sign off the financial side of things remember. With everything else they get accused of, this isn’t difficult to believe.
Believe or dismiss Parks’ take on the summer window if you want, but there are still major questions needing to be answered about some of our summer decisions regardless.