Celtic have hardly built on team following Rangers loss

By Connor Gordon

January 22, 2020

Celtic go into tonight’s match against Kilmarnock barely strengthened since their last league match.

The Hoops were defeated by Rangers at Parkhead – their first loss at home against them in nine years.

It was clear to everyone that changes were required and that involved bringing in new recruits.

However, after only one signing, who isn’t a guaranteed starter, it’s all becoming a bit underwhelming.

Celtic aren’t building on Gers defeat

The loss against Rangers was coming due to the nature of the performances before it.

The Celtic performances of late have been flat. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Celtic’s play was flat and the wins were only coming by the odd goal or two.

Neil Lennon’s men got extremely lucky in the cup final win against their Glasgow counterparts who outplayed them. The Irishman set the team up in almost a similar fashion at Parkhead when they were rightly beaten.

Changes were needed to the personnel and so far only one has arrived in Patryk Klimala.

The jury is obviously out on the Polish striker, but not too many Gers fans would be scared by his signing. He won’t get into the starting XI ahead of Odsonne Edouard, and Leigh Griffiths is breaking back into the team.

Patryk Klimala is the Hoops’ only signing of the window. (Photo by Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The chances are the Celts will tie down midfielder Ismaila Soro in the near future, but he too will find it tough to displace Scott Brown or Callum McGregor.

This isn’t really the state some fans would have wanted the club in after the whistle blew on the Rangers match.

No doubt, supporters were expecting to see at least one player notable enough to come into the first team.

It’s understandable that players have to work their way into the starting XI, but the one buy so far won’t do that consistently due to who he is up against.

Who does Neil Lennon need to win the title?

The Hoops are needing another centre-half in the mould of summer buy Christopher Jullien.

There are injury issues in that position and there needs to be a depth of quality in that area too.

Additionally, there is still no guaranteed challenger to James Forrest on the right wing. The Scotland international was hiding against Steven Gerrard’s men and hasn’t performed in recent games.

Celtic need a proper challenger to James Forrest. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The failure to go out and pay money for known quality lies squarely at the feet of Peter Lawwell and the board.

Some fans are beginning to wake up to the fact that the same narrative plays out at every transfer window. A lot of bluster at the start only to sign one or two before being told they tried their best.

The Celts have a lot of money in the bank – far more than any other team in the Scottish Premiership. However, the money will look pretty small in comparison should the board lose the team 9-in-a-row.