Celtic boss Neil Lennon recently made some intriguing comments about the club making high profile loan signings in January such as Robbie Keane or Craig Bellamy, like the Hoops have done in the past.

Lennon doesn’t think those days will come again at Celtic Park.

“We would all love that. But sometimes it can go the other way. It can upset the balance and dynamic and atmosphere in the dressing room and that’s something we are mindful of” the Hoops boss said, as quoted by the Herald.


“It’s harder to do”

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

“It’s harder to do that kind of signing now anyway. The way the money is elsewhere it’s very difficult” Lennon concluded.

Lennon is correct about finances changing in football since the days when Keane and Bellamy joined the Hoops. Nowadays Celtic would likely struggle to fund the wages of an English Premier League player, even one that is not a first-team regular.

Overall though, Lennon is correct in his comments. That might be disheartening to some Celtic fans who would like to see the Hoops perhaps make a big name loan signing, in a bid to get nine in a row over the line.


As the Celtic boss points out, there is a danger that a big name signing could cause disharmony in the dressing room. That is not something that the club should entertain.

High profile arrivals don’t guarantee success

Robbie Keane was a last-minute January signing for Celtic

Robbie Keane was a last-minute January signing for Celtic (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

It should also be remembered that the seasons that Bellamy and Keane arrived at Celtic the Hoops didn’t win the league.

These days Celtic’s approach to the transfer window is far more sensible. The policy of signing players at a low fee and selling them on for a large amount has worked in recent years, look at Moussa Dembele for example.

He was signed for a reported fee of around £500,000 and was sold for £19.7 million.

That is the way the club should be run, rather than last-ditch gambles to try to win the league. Celtic need to look at the bigger picture.

Lennon is correct, Celtic are doing the right thing in moving away from high-profile January moves.

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