Celtic boss Neil Lennon is already showing that he’s learned an important lesson from his predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

Many Hoops fans will recall the Leicester boss’ dependence on loan signings this time last year.

By our return from Dubai in 2019, Rodgers had already secured temporary deals for Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah while Jeremy Toljan arrived later in the month.

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Despite promising starts, all three faded into obscurity and left the club under Lennon months later.

Former Celtic man Timothy Weah

Former Celtic man Timothy Weah (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

You could argue that the loan signings gave us an initial push that helped us onto an 11 game domestic winning run at the start of the calendar year.

Weah and Burke certainly had something to do with that, but the perils of the loan system were there for all to see by the time we reached April and May.



With the pair, and Toljan, struggling their application seemed to lessen and lessen. They weren’t fully committed to the Celtic cause, which was unforgivable as we chased success on multiple fronts.

Former Celtic loanee Oliver Burke

Former Celtic loanee Oliver Burke (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Lennon wants players at the club who are fully committed

Lennon clearly realises that we can’t afford any repeat of that this time around.

He may still dabble in a loan or two before the end of the month, but you can be rest assured that they will only be for players he knows, or guys with a real point to prove.

The fact that the vast majority of our signing chat has been about permanent transfers can only be seen as a positive.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We are a club that are looking beyond just this season, despite what faces us between now and May. That wasn’t the case this time last year.

For that Lennon deserves credit.

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