STV journalist Ronnie Charters has reported that Celtic’s transfer business is done (STV’s deadline day blog, 23:17)
Celtic have only signed Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro during the January transfer window. There was hope that the likes of Victor Wanyama and Filip Benkovic could move to Parkhead, but that hasn’t been the case.
It also means that the club won’t be signing anyone on deadline day either. That’s despite the fact there are still areas of the current squad that need numbers.
The lack of deals towards the closure of the window is sure to bring some heat towards the club and the board.
At a time when we are pushing towards nine-in-a-row and potentially ten, this isn’t a period to be sleeping at the wheel.
Yet the board are clearly happy with the squad we’ve got. For long spells today it never looked as though we were close to signing anyone.
It’s the hope that kills you
If you’re like me, you go into every transfer deadline day with a bit of hope. After all, nothing can compete with seeing your club post news about a new signing you just didn’t see coming.
Yet, again if you’re like me, you continue to be massively disappointed by our work on the final day. This is a totally different case compared to the summer in fairness.
The truth is that back in September, we were already looking back on a summer that brought the likes of Boli Bolingoli, Christopher Jullien, Hatem Abd Elhamed, and Mohamed Elyounoussi to the club respectively. There was positive work done there.
Entering this January, there was a clear demand for some experience and quality. We have gaping holes in this squad that haven’t been covered. The primary area of concern was at centre-back where we don’t even have enough reliable options to play consistently in a 3-5-2 formation.
You then have the fact that we’ve come out of the transfer window without competition for James Forrest once again. A right-winger was a clear necessity. For one reason or another, we’ve failed to get some business done there.
Yes we brought in a striker. Yes we brought in a midfielder. But we had 31 days this month to get players in. Once again we’re relying on team mentality to see us through. Hopefully it does – we need it to if we’re going to keep our 10-in-a-row bid on track.
Granted, Celtic still sit top of the league and are five points clear with a game in hand. But it looks as though we’ve settled again, and that’s a dangerous thing to do in a title-race as close as this one.