It is interesting to note that Celtic did not manage to sign what could be described as an experienced central midfielder in the summer transfer window.

The Hoops attempted to sign both David Turnbull and Romaine Sawyers during the summer, but neither player joined the Hoops.

Sawyers signed for West Brom, whilst Turnbull’s move fell through due to a knee injury. Sawyers and Turnbull are different players, but they still play in midfield, and if they played for Celtic they could have let Scott Brown take a few games off.

Defensive midfielder Luca Connell did join the Hoops. However, he is a player for the future. It would be a surprise if he made a first-team appearance for Celtic this season.

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Manager could look to free agents

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Perhaps Neil Lennon, now that the transfer window is over, will take a look at the free agent transfer list. One player that Celtic could think about signing is former Newcastle and Leeds midfielder Vurnon Anita.

It is fair to say that the player’s career hasn’t gone as well as expected after helping Newcastle win the Championship in 2017.

 

He joined Leeds after leaving Newcastle. However, he was unable to hold down a regular first team place at Elland Road. As a result, he spent last season on loan at Willem II.

Could give key man a break when required

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He is currently a free agent, and is a player that Celtic should at least consider making a move for. The reason – he can play as a defensive midfielder and give Scott Brown a rest when need be.

Apart from Brown, the only real defensive midfielder in the Celtic squad is Nir Bitton. But he is currently injured, and has been used as a centre-back when he has played for the Hoops this season.

Therefore, it would be useful if the Hoops added another midfielder to their ranks. Anita is definitely a player who should be under consideration.

 

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