Celtic’s awful loan signing record this season was again laid bare at Ibrox today, even without Shane Duffy and Diego Laxalt in the team.
Duffy has long been absent from first-team affairs at the Bhoys. He hasn’t started a match or come off the bench since February. The Brighton man will probably take the unwelcome title of our worst signing this season. Will he play for the club again? I wouldn’t bet on it.
Diego Laxalt hasn’t been much better in some supporters’ eyes. He was dreadful against Steven Gerrard’s side in the Scottish Cup match. Eventually hauled off at half-time, it’s doubtful we’ll see him in a Celtic shirt again.
Surely now Jonjoe Kenny is going to get the same treatment after his performance in the derby today? The Everton man was simply abysmal, in a team chocked full of poor displays.
There are multiple scenarios more preferable than giving game time to a player who is clearly not good enough for our club, or his parent club. The 24-year-old is Everton’s Anthony Ralston. And that might be harsh on Ralston.
For starters, we could actually play Ralston and give him the two remaining games to show something. He probably, or definitely, doesn’t have a Celtic future, but at least he’s ours. There’s also a good chance he’s the only right-sided defender around for this summer’s qualifiers.
More realistically, why not move Kristoffer Ajer out to right-back and bring Nir Bitton back into the team? Again a sticking plaster, but it surely wouldn’t be worse than what we witnessed today?
Celtic’s strategy of using loans needs to be given a serious rethink over the summer. It can be a useful tool, but if it’s simply going to be used to fill up the squad with deadwood then count me out. I’d rather play untested youth or sign a player with a perceived lower reputation and try to develop them.
It’s been said that the Bhoys can’t be allowed to be a career hospital that simply rehabilitates other clubs’ players to their benefit. Things are so bad right now that this actually sounds pretty good. We’re more like a scrapheap at the moment.
Where Celtic go from here is anyone’s guess. Hopefully though, it’s without Duffy, Laxalt and Kenny.