Celtic manager Neil Lennon has provided supporters with an update on a potential pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama, The Herald reports.
At least year’s club AGM in November, the Hoops boss addressed a question from a shareholder with an answer that opened up the prospect of a January move for former Celtic favourite Wanyama.
Lennon admitted he would like the Kenyan ‘in the building’ if it was possible financially.
With his latest comments this weekend, it seems that the financial reality of such a deal puts the player beyond Celtic’s current capabilities.
As quoted by The Herald, the manager said this weekend of Wanyama: “He’s in my thoughts. But could we afford him? I doubt it very much.
“The problem with Victor is where do you fit him in with bringing Soro in, if we have Brown, Bitton, McGregor, Ntcham. I don’t think that’s going to be an option. I wouldn’t have thought so.”
Resources being prudently used
A blockbuster return of Wanyama, even on loan, would likely capture the imagination of almost every Celtic fans, but Lennon’s comments bring a bit of needed pragmatism to the speculation.
As Lennon mentions, the manager now has five central midfielders he trusts to compete at the level required and there is currently no sign of any of them being moved on.
Resources are being invested into Ismaila Soro and if he’s to improve and reach his potential, it doesn’t make sense that his playing time would be stifled with a temporary move for the 28-year-old Spurs man.
The prudence of the Celtic board in recent years has undoubtedly frustrated some fans but given the success we’ve enjoyed, it can’t exactly be argued we’ve suffered too much.
There has been Champions League qualification blows, but the pursuit of expensive loans would only exacerbate that problem.
We must look forward to and feel hopeful about players that Lennon and Nick Hammond are bringing to the club, rather than look on misty-eyed at former stars who are now out of our reach.