A report from the Daily Mail has stated the three areas that Celtic are looking to strengthen in before the summer window closes.
Reliable Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowen has reported that Neil Lennon remains in the market for a striker, a centre-back, and a left-back as the Hoops look to bolster their ranks ahead of a big campaign domestically.
So far, only Vasilis Barkas and Mohamed Elyounoussi have signed over the summer. That means that Celtic have so far failed to find replacements for Jonny Hayes and Jozo Simunovic respectively.
However, the Daily Mail believes Lennon is in the market to do just that. The report has also stated that the Ivan Toney situation is more than likely to be resolved at some stage this week.
Whilst the Hoops didn’t lose a centre-forward over the course of the summer, it’s looking more and more likely that Vakoun Bayo will depart on loan. Lennon stated yesterday that news of St Mirren’s interest in the Ivorian was news to him, but that letting him leave was something they may look at (Daily Record).
Are Celtic targeting the right areas?
Everyone will have their own opinions and views on where the Hoops should strengthen, but it’s difficult to fault the club if they manage to get all three of these areas topped up.
Adding to the positions in which we’ve lost cover should always be a priority. However, it looks as if another new goalkeeper isn’t going to be one of them.
With Barkas in, the situation appears to be leaning more and more towards Conor Hazard being given the third-choice spot behind the Greek shot-stopper and Scott Bain. Bain looked reliable enough in goal against Hamilton in Celtic’s 5-1 mauling of the Accies in any case, so this shouldn’t provide the Hoops support with any real level of fear.
What it is, however, is a bit of a blow to the likes of Boli Bolingoli and perhaps even young Stephen Welsh. The former has been disappointing since he signed from Rapid Vienna last summer whilst Welsh would’ve hoped to have been given the nod to move up a spot similar to Hazard. He’ll surely get his chances regardless.
The main positive to take from this is that it looks as though Celtic know what they want to do this summer. Whether they can actually strengthen in all three positions remains to be seen, but the intent appears to be there.