It’ll all be fixed in the January transfer window, won’t it?
That’s the crumb of comfort some of us have had in the back of our minds as Celtic supporters.
With greater resources than our rivals and massive motivation to win the league this year, surely we can ensure the points gap doesn’t extend and then out-muscle the Ibrox lot next month to deliver the signings that Neil Lennon needs?
If only it were that simple. We might not be so angry about everything right now.
The manager gave his first indication that transfers were on the cards in comments to reporters earlier this week, stating he was a looking for ‘quality’ additions.
As quoted by Glasgow Live, Lennon said: “We have identified areas where we want to add and we are working away in the background on that.
“Hopefully, we will get a bit of business done that will freshen things up and, hopefully, add a bit of quality to the squad.”
We’ve heard that before.
It’s just really difficult to envisage the club making the changes we need during a notoriously difficult month to recruit in.
Theoretically, given the way this season has panned out, we really need a goalkeeper, a right-back and some more attacking width.
Even another centre-half might be necessary with Shane Duffy’s form proving to be abysmal.
This was a point that former goalkeeper Pat Bonner made during his regular BBC Sportsound commentary duties last night.
For Packie, January isn’t necessarily a place of salvation for the club.
Speaking live on BBC Radio Scotland on Thursday (19:38), he said: “He’s gone to the transfer window already, he’s brought in Shane Duffy and it hasn’t worked out for Shane or Neil Lennon.
“Who are you going to get in January that’s going to strengthen? Probably someone who’s not playing at the moment unless you pay big money.
“That’s the challenge in January. Perhaps teams will be desperate for money, survival money, but that’s the challenge.”
So, unless we’re willing to pay top dollar, or top Euros as the case may be, our best hope is finding joy in unfit, out of form players?
That doesn’t sound like a title-winning strategy to me.
This isn’t the manager’s fault of course, at least not directly. He can’t control the market forces in modern football, though missing out on the Champions League group stages twice hasn’t helped our cause.
67 Hail Hail have also written recently about our difficult record in the transfer market this year, spending as much as £18m already.
We know that January is likely to be a period of more squad change at Celtic, but will it pay off?