In the wake of Celtic’s business in the transfer window, it is clear that the club is looking further ahead than winning nine, then 10 in a row.

Fair enough, the likes of Christopher Jullien, Greg Taylor and Fraser Forster may have been signed to help the Hoops win the league this season and helpfully next season.

But a lot of signings have been made with the future in mind. Look at the deadline day signings of Lee O’Connor and Jeremie Frimpong.

Signed for a few seasons down the line

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The duo are only at the beginning of their careers, but they have both signed four-year deals respectively. They have been signed not for this season or next season, but for a few years down the line.

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The same can be said for the likes of Luca Connell and Jonathan Afolabi. We are more likely to see these players in the development side for the next few seasons, than in the first team.

Perhaps if the player is a special talent he will make the breakthrough to the first-team sooner than expected. That is what happened with Kieran Tierney.

 

It is good to see Celtic planning ahead for the future. Naturally the focus right now is making sure the Hoops win 10 in a row.

New signings could be foundation of next Hoops side

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But when that is hopefully clinched, the Hoops will have new goals to aim for. The players signed this summer could be the foundation of the next Celtic generation.

It would be good if the players were integrated into the side as soon as possible. But that might not happen until 10 in a row is clinched.

Perhaps the new signings are down to Hoops part-time technical director Nick Hammond. Maybe he and Neil Lennon have decided on the strategy for buying young players, and selling them on in four or five years time when they have established themselves in the squad.

That would be a brave decision by Celtic, but it is one that could pay off in the future.

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