Neil Lennon wants experience in January transfer market; suggests wait for Celtic deals

By John McGinley

January 10, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon thinks the club’s quest for transfers could go right down to the wire this January, acknowledging it’s a difficult window to do business in, The Daily Record report.

Lennon and his squad have been busy with training in Dubai this week, enjoying some warm weather away from their usual base at freezing cold Lennoxtown.

Due to return to action next week against Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup, Lennon has already been tweaking personnel this month, letting Scott Sinclair leave for Preston North End.

As for incoming players, not much has happened apart from near-constant speculation and Lennon has admitted deals for the players they want could go down to deadline day.

The Celtic boss is also keen to bring in real experience to his squad, apparently prioritising that attribute over talented youngsters.

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As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “Looking at the team, we have 19-year-olds, a couple of 20-year-olds, 21-year-olds. Allied to that, we have the Scott Browns and Callum McGregors of this world.

“Going forward for the second half we would like a bit of experience in there to augment what we already have. Yes, just a bit of experience.

“I think there is room for freshening things up and bringing in a little bit of quality and experience. That is what we are endeavouring to do in the background.

“January is a hard month. You can go right up until January 31 sometimes. Right to the death and you can get good deals done, so we are very optimistic of having a good month.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

Acknowledgement of the fight ahead

Lennon is no stranger to title races in Scotland. As a player, a coach and a manager he’s taken some league campaigns right to the very last minute of the very last day.

The fact he’s looking for that experience in key areas of the team tells me he knows that’s potentially in store this season too.

Bringing in inexperienced players who have little concept of chasing trophies is absolutely not the way to go this January. We can recruit emerging talent in the summer.

We need fighters and mercenaries in this team, players who know how to operate at a high level at grind out results.

That may end up costing us a bit of money but the club are in rude financial health and our nine-in-a-row goal is in sight. The money men at Celtic Park must deliver on what Lennon wants.