Celtic enter the final day of the transfer window scrambling to sign a right-back despite everyone knowing they needed one for months.
They also have yet to sign a central defender in the window, again despite warnings that one would be needed sooner than later.
Despite the addition of a centre-half looking unlikely, Celtic are in the hunt for a new right-back.
With no option to buy, it looks like Celtic have panicked late on in the window to get a deal done.
Celtic dismissed claims their interest in Timothy Castagne had reignited. It looked for a while that the Atalanta right-back was Celtic’s top January priority.
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However a return to the Atalanta side looks to have ended Celtic’s chances of signing the Belgian.
But should Celtic have let it go on this long without addressing their problems?
Everyone knew Celtic needed a right back, long before the transfer window opened.
Although Celtic were linked with Castagne, it never really looked likely. Celtic should have paid Atalanta what they wanted, and ended their issues right there and then.
Instead they’ve waited until the last day of the window and are scrambling to sign a right-back on loan until the end of the season.
It smacks of a lack of preparation from the recruitment team and the board. The worst thing is, most fans aren’t surprised any more.
The defeat to Rangers in December should have been a wake up call to the Celtic board.
Lustig was roasted for Rangers’ winning goal, and then went off injured. Celtic have had a chance to lay a marker down in January and they’ve failed to do so.
Learn from history, or be doomed to repeat it
Ten years ago, Celtic stood on the verge of four-in-a-row, having defeated Rangers at Ibrox to go seven point clear in December.
They headed into that January needing a striker, they signed Willo Flood on deadline day.
Rangers went on to win the next three league titles, before liquidation.
This time around, Celtic’s neglectfulness of their defence should not cost them eight-in-a-row. However if they don’t address it soon, Rodgers may not fancy staying for nine and ten-in-a-row.