Celtic’s January transfer window seems to have been underwhelming. Celtic’s one notable permanent signing, Vakoun Isouf Bayo, has rarely featured.
The loan players who joined in January have been for the most part frozen out by interim manager Neil Lennon. The players brought in on loan – Jeremy Toljan, Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah – have all done decent enough.
However, that hasn’t been enough for them to hold down places in the first-team. Indeed, Toljan has lost his place to the player he was meant to replace, Mikael Lustig.
A demand that must be made
As a result, whoever is in charge of Celtic next season should demand that loan deals do not make up the bulk of signings in the summer.
It is a policy which has not been a success. Celtic are still relying on the likes of Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard to win games.
Not made much of a difference
The loanees have not made that much of a difference.
In a way, it makes sense for Neil Lennon to sparingly use the loan players. If they are not going to be around next season, there is no point in using them.
You would imagine that if Lennon gets the job on a permanent basis, he will not want loan players to be a major part of his recruitment policy.
Even if Lennon is not the next manager, the loan deals should come to an end.