As we come to the end of another transfer window at Celtic there are still areas of the team that should be addressed by Neil Lennon and his recruitment staff.
We’ve added striker Patryk Klimala to the ranks with midfielder Ismaila Soro officially following this week.
Beyond a bit of depth needed in defence, we are in decent shape ahead of a critical few months across three competitions.
However, for me, there is still experienced competition needed in the wide areas to complement Lennon’s first-choice options.
Lennon’s current group
James Forrest, with 14 goals and 17 assists this season (Transfermarkt), is undoubtedly the prime pick on the right flank and will remain so.
Having only scored one goal since the end of November though it’s becoming clear that adding another attacking player into the mix could help him raise his game to peak levels again.
Beyond the currently injured Mohammed Elyounoussi all of our other wide options are relatively inexperienced with Mikey Johnston still learning his trade at 20-years-old, Daniel Arzani having barely played for the club, Marian Shved struggling to make an impact and Karamoko Dembele still just a teenager.
Signing a versatile player who is capable of playing on both flanks and providing a threat through the middle would be ideal all-round, even on a short-term basis.
Robinson is a potential candidate
Sheffield United attacker Callum Robinson, who moved to the Premier League side for a reported £8m fee last summer (Sheffield Star) has failed to make a big impact this season but his prior history in the Championship suggests he could be a strong performer in the Scottish Premiership.
After scoring just one league goal for his new club, against Chelsea, he looks set to head out on loan before the Friday deadline with West Brom currently front runners to land him (Express & Star).
Last season he managed to score 13 goals in 28 appearances for Preston North End playing from the left and as a centre forward, the second time in three seasons he’s reached double figures in the English second-tier (Transfermarkt).
With a career history that also includes more than two dozen appearances on the right-wing (Transfermarkt), the Republic of Ireland international ticks a few boxes.
He’s played on the right side for Ireland on multiple occasions also against Switzerland, Gibraltar and Georgia, part of a 12-cap haul (Transfermarkt).
Final January stretch
With just days remaining until the opportunity to add to our squad fades, Celtic may have to get a bit creative with the players and potential deals they are looking at.
A last-minute hijacking of other clubs’ quest to sign players could be necessary if we’re to find the right kind of quality on the budget available to us.
The hope is that the club are still working on multiple transfers that can really ensure our squad has the strength in depth we need to see off Rangers in the Premiership and advance through knockout rounds in Europe.
A nine-in-a-row achievement is something many of us never thought we’d see in our lifetimes. Now that we’re on the cusp of delivering it, making bold moves in the transfer market could just tip the balance in our favour.