Celtic should not overlook experience in January transfer business

By John Reid

January 9, 2020

For the first time in a few years, Celtic look to be in the middle of a close title race. With that in mind, the Hoops will need to take every advantage they can in making sure that they win the title to secure nine in a row.

One way in which the Hoops could do that is in the type of player that is brought in during the January transfer window.

Now it seems that the players that the Hoops have been linked with so far are all relatively young. Andraz Sporar is 25, Patryk Klimala is 21 and Tino Kadewere is 24. Each of those players would make a fine addition to the Hoops squad.

However, perhaps there is something to be said for bringing in a more experienced player who has seen and done a lot in their career.

Former manager wasn’t afraid to go for experience

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Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan wasn’t afraid to do this. He signed Dion Dublin when the player was 36, and Roy Keane when he was 34. Neither player stayed at Celtic for long, but they got the job done which was to help the Hoops win the title.

Interestingly, Neil Lennon tried to go down this route in his first spell as Hoops boss, as he tried to sign Sol Campbell and David James.

Getting right player in could be an issue

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Getting the right player in would be an issue, but hopefully the Hoops boss and Nick Hammond will be looking to see what players are out there that could add experience to the side.

Celtic need to make the right signings in January, and of course a new striker, who could be at the club for years to come is at the top of the list.

But that doesn’t mean that experienced, veteran players should be avoided. If a short-term signing helps the Hoops win the title then so be it.