Familiar pattern emerges about possible Celtic signing targets under Lennon

By John Reid

June 7, 2019

A familiar pattern seems to be emerging about Neil Lennon’s time as Celtic manager. When he took over as Celtic manager back in 2o1o, he seemed determined to bring in experienced players.

The likes of Sol Campbell, Jimmy Bullard and David James were all linked with a move to the Hoops. None of the players ended up joining Celtic.

Experienced players again linked

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Now it seems that as he takes over as manager for a second time, Lennon is once again targeting experienced players. The Hoops have recently been linked with a move for released Everton defender Phil Jagielka.

At the time, the moves for the likes of Campbell and James made sense. Lennon wanted big personalities to improve his team.

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Worked out for the best

However, in a way it worked out for the best that the Bhoys didn’t sign those players. Lennon’s side pushed Rangers all the way for the title and eventually won the league the following season.

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The situation is different in Lennon’s second spell as Hoops boss. The Bhoys are looking to win their ninth title in a row with a mostly settled side.

That is what makes the Hoops’ reported pursuit for Jagielka quite mystifying. Celtic aren’t really in need of any players who are coming towards the end of their careers.

Experience is always a good thing to have in your squad. But if the Hoops are targeting players they should be going for signings in the prime of their career.