Report: Celtic were set to make £1m move for League Two winger; changed their mind

By David Walton

January 26, 2021

Celtic were set to make a £1million move for League Two Exeter City winger Joel Randall before changing their mind this month, according to Football Insider.

The report claims that Neil Lennon was looking to make signings this month to bolster his squad. One of those was apparently a seven-figure bid for Exeter’s Randall.

It’s also believed by Football Insider that a knock-on effect of potential changes at the club has had an effect on their January work. This includes the potential pursuit of Randall, with the club now apparently putting it on the back-burner.

The Athletic reported at the start of the month that Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond were set to run the rule over the winger. So far this season, Randall has managed a supremely impressive eight goals and five assists in 27 appearances [Transfermarkt].

Celtic right not to move for League Two man

The truth is that Celtic would be right to avoid moving for Randall at the moment. Not because he’s a poor player or because he couldn’t add something to the squad. His figures suggest he has potential.

But because no more signings should be given the go-ahead under the current regime. Celtic shouldn’t really strengthen in January anymore so long as Lennon remains in charge. No longer should the current manager be forming a team in his vision.

The truth is that Celtic should’ve made a change long ago and used January as a chance to rebuild. But if Neil is going to go at the end of the season, and that looks a certainty at this stage, then why bring another player in?

Reported Celtic target Joel Randall / (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Celtic should’ve had a centre-back in before the last three games. That was an essential piece of business that needed doing. Since then, we’ve conceded three goals and dropped six more points. It’s a run of results that certainly ends our title hopes and subsequently our season. And they all came from defensive lapses.

Considering Lennon is refusing to walk, he doesn’t deserve another player in the door. He should be forced to work with the wealth of expensive talent he’s already brought in the door over the summer and beforehand.

If Celtic do revisit Randall in the future then fair enough. But for now, you wonder what the point would be in bringing anyone in at this stage.

In other news, an out-of-work manager’s uncle has been talking up the Celtic job.