Celtic manager Neil Lennon is looking to add quality and experience to his first-team squad in the final days of the January transfer window, The Scottish Sun report.
The Scottish champions have already bolstered Lennon’s ranks with the acquisition of striker Patryk Klimala, while Ismaila Soro is undergoing a medical ahead of being announced as a new Celtic midfielder (Scottish Sun).
However, there’s still an expectation that the Bhoys will further strengthen, with so much on the line in the second half of the season.
Lennon is keen to add experience to his group, specifically citing attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi as an example of the kind of player he is looking to bring in, in terms of profile.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the manager said: “It [experience] could help. In the last game we looked like we lacked a little bit of nous and experience, a little bit of physicality, so they are areas we’re looking at to bring in.
“What we are looking for is to add one or two, like an Elyounoussi type, who are ready to come in and play straight away with a bit more experience and more physicality.
“But we’ve got good experience. We were in this position this time last year as well, which will stand them in good stead going forward.”
More high-profile loans on the way?
Lennon’s comments certainly suggest he’s on the hunt for a particular standard of player and that’s either going to cost a large amount of money for the club or we’re seeking players on a loan basis.
We’ve managed to bag some elite talent this season on temporary moves, with Fraser Forster in particular making a huge impact at Celtic Park.
When you consider that others like Elyounoussi have cost their parent club as much as £16m in recent seasons (The Telegraph), some of these more experienced players are simply beyond our financial reach.
That means more high-profile loans could be on the cards.
In my mind, that’s no bad thing in January as we look to ensure there’s enough depth in the squad to compete on three fronts.
We have the foundations in place to field an excellent starting eleven, which should serve us well beyond this term into the summer qualifiers.
However, a bit of mercenary help to boost our season is fine by me. All eyes on the rumour mill over the next 11 days.