Paul Hartley warns Celtic not to overdo it in January transfer window

By John McGinley

January 28, 2020

Former Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley has warned the club not to flood Neil Lennon’s squad with new faces in the final stages of the transfer window, The Daily Record report.

The January deadline is looming with Celtic having until midnight on Friday night to add new faces to the team for the rest of the season.

It could be a critical few days and there’ll be an expectancy from some fans to do a bit more beyond the acquisitions of Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro.

Hartley though, who joined the club in a January window himself back in 2007, thinks that the Scottish champions are already well-stocked for the challenges ahead.

As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “One of the big problems a club like Celtic is they won’t want to overload their squad.

“A huge bonus for them is having someone like Leigh Griffiths coming back into form and if he’s fit then Neil has a top quality striker at his disposal.

“He’s a huge asset alongside Odsonne Edouard and he’s one who Celtic really just can’t afford to lose.

“But they have more than enough strength and dept at their disposal to believe they can achieve success and cope between now and the end of the season.”

Will the transfer window define the title race?

Hartley goes on to suggest that January recruitment isn’t likely to have a massive impact on the battle for the Scottish Premiership, feeling it’ll all be about who turns up for the remaining derbies against Rangers.

For me, there’s credence to the idea that we shouldn’t have a bloated squad, but I still think we could add quality to a couple of key areas.

Title-winning Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With James Forrest’s goal return drying up over the last two months we could do with experienced competition at right-wing, while more depth would be welcome in defence too.

Ultimately I think we have the squad necessary to win trophies this season but bringing in players of the right quality wouldn’t hurt.

All eyes will be on the transfer rumour mill over the next few days!