Celtic manager Neil Lennon is happy with the current squad he has available, playing down the suggestion that the club will be making transfer moves in the final few days of the January window.
Lennon has already added Ismaila Soro and Patryk Klimala to the team but with both players fairly inexperienced 21-year-olds, there’s an expectancy that the club can still pull an inspiring deal or two out of the hat.
The manager though is convinced he has a squad capable of competing in the way that’s expected from Celtic and has stated even if nothing else is done this January, he’ll be content.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference (Celtic YouTube, 1:01), Lennon said: “If we don’t do anything else, I’ll be happy.
“We’ve got a great squad and real quality in it. It’s a very difficult window and we’ll see how things go from there.
“We’ve got a couple of good players in and we’ve sort of streamlined the squad a little bit. At the minute we’re definitely stronger.”
More depth is needed
Lennon may be happy and ultimately we should place trust in the manager, but a look at the current state of the squad against our needs shows we aren’t exactly blessed with massive depth.
The central striker and midfield areas are now capably covered, granted, but what about at right-wing where James Forrest is the only match-ready attacker available, or in central defence?
We currently have three first-team natural choices at centre-back but with the manager playing a back three at times recently, do we really have enough depth to cope with a heavy schedule between now and May?
Jozo Simunovic has only just recovered from knee surgery too and has a long history of injury absence (Transfermarkt).
If we progress through the Europa League Round of 32 we’ll be playing mid-week to weekend matches for the majority of the rest of the season.
We can’t overreact too much to Lennon’s comments, it could be he’s just trying to quell media speculation as the club go about their business behind the scenes.
However, for me, the comments are pretty discouraging.
Hopefully the club do what’s required over the coming days.