A recent loan deal confirmed by Celtic could provide a clue to future transfers. The Hoops recently announced that Daniel Church will be going on loan to Alloa for the rest of the season.

That move makes sense for an academy player. It will get him first-team football on a regular basis. However, the intriguing element is the position that Church plays in. He is a left-back.

Only one recognised left-back at club

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With the departure of Kieran Tierney, that leaves Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo as the only recognised left-back at the club. Jonny Hayes can play at left-back, but his natural position is as an attacker.

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Church might not have featured for the first-team this season. But that fact that the Hoops were wiling to let him leave on loan must indicate that at least one left-back will be signed before the end of the transfer window.

If Celtic are aiming to compete in four competitions this season, they will need a big squad. Having one recognised left-back just won’t do.

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Bare minimum one left-back must be signed

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Therefore, before the transfer window closes, the Hoops need to buy at least one left-back to replace Kieran Tierney. It would probably be for the best if two were signed, but one is the bare minimum.

Neil Lennon will know this. He will not have authorised the departure of Church unless another left-back was coming in.

Let’s hope Celtic get any deals for a left-back done sooner rather than later.

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