Celtic squad features an anomaly that transfer window didn’t solve

By John Reid

September 7, 2019

When looking at the Celtic first-team squad on the club’s official website, a few things stick out. Firstly, the number of midfielders that the club has. It is fair to say that the club don’t mind signing players for the middle of the park.

Secondly, and perhaps most intriguingly, is the bizarre anomaly which sees the club have more first-choice goalkeepers than strikers.

The recent arrival of Fraser Forster means that the Hoops have four goalkeepers in the squad – Forster, Scott Bain, Craig Gordon and Conor Hazard.

Meanwhile, the Hoops only have three strikers in the squad – Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo.

An unexpected situation

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It is certainly an unexpected situation, that the transfer window did not shed much light on. You can understand why the Hoops brought Forster back, but having four goalkeepers in the first-team squad is arguably one too many.

It would not be surprising to see at least one goalkeeper leave Celtic in the January transfer window. As for the strikers situation, it is perhaps concerning that the Hoops are prepared to go through the first-half of the season with only three strikers.

It will be a real concern should one of the trio get injured. The fact that the Hoops only usually play one forward perhaps explains why Neil Lennon is satisfied to have only three forwards in the first-team squad.

Former Celt could perhaps do a job

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However, perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring in another striker who is a free agent. One name that springs to mind is former Hoops striker Gary Hooper, who is currently without a club.

That could be a bit of a gamble though, as Hooper has not played football for a while, and will need time to get back up to speed.

Still, it will be up to Neil Lennon to make that call. For the moment, he must be satisfied with the make-up of the Celtic squad.