Tom Boyd: There will be changes at Celtic this summer

By David Walton

June 4, 2019

Celtic ambassador Tom Boyd has claimed that there will definitely be changes at the Parkhead club this summer.

The rumour mill is already in full swing regarding potential comings and goings at Celtic. Neil Lennon has hardly gotten his feet under the desk as the new permanent manager, with the transfer window also not set to open for another week.

That hasn’t stopped links to several stars in different positions. The likes of David Turnbull (Daily Mail) and Luca Connell (Daily Record) are just two of the many names to have been mentioned in the same breath as Celtic. Both have come over the last week alone.

Tom Boyd believes Celtic will make big changes this summer (Vagelis Georgariou/ActionPlus/Corbis via Getty Images)

And whilst nothing has happened in the real early stages, much is expected to once the window opens. And speaking to STV, Boyd claimed on an official capacity that there will be changes this summer.

“We’re in a very favourable position. We’ve just come off a treble treble, we’ll have the basis of the team, the majority of the team still available to us.

“And there’ll be changes, which happens at a football club. We want to get that nine in a row, to get that done and we’ve had an unbelievable last three seasons.

“Whether it’s strengthening, adding players or freshness to the team, that’s somewhere every manager wants to go. His transfer budget, who is available, what players want to come to Scotland, all that is what every manager is looking for in trying to strengthen.”

Mixed views on what’s needed

From a supporter’s perspective, there’s much to be done. Cover is needed in both full-back positions. Centre-back is also a major requirement this summer with both Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic having departed.

Celtic need signings all over the back-line (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Some genuine quality competition in the number 10 position would be ideal too. Neil Lennon, however, has also targeted a striker as his number one priority (The Herald).

But don’t tell Peter Lawwell that big changes are needed. He stated last week that he didn’t believe much of a revamp was necessary. (The Scotsman). Instead, Lawwell believes that Celtic have the core of a good squad still there.

Peter Lawwell isn’t so sure a big rebuild is necessary (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whilst he might be right, it still doesn’t mean a big injection of quality isn’t needed. We need strengthening in a variety of areas, and no doubt Lennon will see that too.

As of yet, Celtic are yet to bring anyone through the door. But the first signing is hopefully going to be just around the corner when the transfer window opens on June 11th.