It is too early to tell how Celtic’s two January signings will fare. Patryk Klimala has only had a few late substitute appearances for the team, whilst Ismaila Soro has yet to start a game for the club.
However, what is quite interesting is the age of both players – the pair are 21.
Recent arrivals aren’t that experienced
The reason that is so interesting is that the arrivals go against what was a stated Neil Lennon signing criteria. Lennon hoped to add experienced players to the side, and the January arrivals are not that.
They might have played football for a few seasons. However, they lack the experience of the likes of Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi who the Hoops signed in the summer, who have played football for years.
“I think there is room for freshening things up and bringing in a little bit of quality and experience That is what we are endeavouring to do in the background. Yes, just a bit of experience” Lennon said, as quoted by the Evening Times on the 9th of January.
However, with the transfer window slamming shut at midnight, Celtic’s January signings have not been the experienced types that Lennon was looking for.
Hoops still have time to add experience
There is still time for that to be remedied though. The Hoops could sign a player or two with the experience that can be useful in a title race, and that Lennon was looking for.
That is no slight on either Soro or Klimala, who will hopefully perform well for the Hoops for the rest of next season and in the years to come.
The saving grace is that if the Hoops don’t manage to sign any players with experience, the club already has players who have that attribute.
Scott Brown, for example, has done it all in his time with Celtic. He is the ideal player that you want in your team who can add that bit of experience.
The same is true of the likes of Fraser Forster, James Forrest and Callum McGregor. That could make up for the lack of experience in the new arrivals.
However, only time will tell in the next few hours if Lennon’s stated signing criteria is met.