Interim Celtic boss John Kennedy has been talking about incoming summer transfers at the club in his press conference today.
With Neil Lennon exiting Celtic Park last week and no new manager expected to be announced until the end of the season, the club’s transfer strategy is understandably being called into question.
However, Kennedy has stressed that recruitment work continues in the background at Lennoxtown. Options are still being identified for a new manager to pull the trigger on.
Quizzed by reporters this afternoon [YouTube], Kennedy said: “That’s something the club will address. It was obviously ongoing while Neil was here. We were involved in discussions in terms of where Nick Hammond and his team are at, what they’ve been looking at, what we need.
“There will have to be changes, as there always are, in the summer in terms of the player pool.
“It’s still an ongoing process. That’s the thing about the club, around the management, there are structures there and departments in place that continually do the work. Then, whatever happens with a new manager, they’ll have to make that decision alongside the club when it comes.
“Everything’s still ongoing in the background, so that whatever happens there’s food for thought and decisions to be made.”
The Celtic transfer profile
Asked if the strategy becomes about identifying as many different types of options as possible, Kennedy would continue to provide insight into how Celtic profile targets.
He said: “Ultimately, for Celtic, there’s a certain type of player and a certain type of coach who would take the team and play in a certain way.
“Celtic are always a team who want to have good, attacking players. Creative players, goalscorers, players who have a bit more one v one ability in certain positions. There’s that side of it, that flair and attacking intent. But also any coach or manager will have their own take on it as well.
“For Celtic, there’s a certain style of player, and obviously then you find tweaks or different types of profile.”
Vital for next season that Celtic get summer transfers right
Recruitment is even more important this summer than in previous years.
The chances are that a number of key players will be leaving the club before the next transfer window shuts.
Kristoffer Ajer, Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie all have contracts that expire in 2022. They will need to be replaced if there are exits.
Even in the unlikely event all three players stay on, major work needs doing to the starting eleven, notably in the wide areas and central defensive positions.
Managing all of that while looking for a new manager and a sporting director, as well as transitioning to a new CEO, is no easy feat.
Decision-makers at Celtic Park have to be firing on all cylinders over the next few months.