Celtic manager Neil Lennon reckons it’s business as usual on the transfer hunt this summer, sharing with Sky Sports News that the club have multiple options in a number of positions (06/07 live broadcast, 9:40am).
The ongoing pandemic has taken its financial toll on clubs across the world and Celtic aren’t immune to the challenges.
There have been concerns it could threaten our preparations for the new season, as the club prepare to shoot for an unprecedented tenth league title in a row.
Lennon has issued a hopeful transfer update today, however, declaring it’s largely business as usual despite the different and difficult circumstances.
Speaking to Sky Sports News (06/07 live broadcast, 9:40am), he said: “It’s different, it’s a bit fragmented obviously. We won’t probably get a fair idea of the transfer market until the Premier League and other main leagues in Europe finish.
“It’s been predominantly business as usual. We’ve got a lot of options for different positions.
“The difficult thing is we can’t look at players live at the minute so a lot of it is done with analysis and stats. Ideally you want to go and see a player and see his strengths and weaknesses, but that’s the only difference really.
“There’s been an amount of work done in the background from the recruitment side of things.”
Celtic have already completed one deal, bringing back Mohamed Elyounoussi for another season-long loan.
His talents in attack will likely be significant in Lennon’s first-team throughout next season.
In defence things are looking less assured after the departure of Jozo Simunovic at the end of last term.
Celtic need further central defensive options, especially if the manager is going to persist with a back-three formation.
The club have also been linked with a number of central midfielders, most recently Rapid Vienna’s Dejan Ljubicic.
There’s also the small matter of finding a new number one goalkeeper, which the manager has also discussed this morning.
With the Premier League and other European leagues not due to finish until the end of this month however, we may be waiting a while on recruits, per Lennon’s update.