Some Celtic supporters have taken to social media today to share their disappointment with Neil Lennon’s comments on the January transfer window.
The Scottish champions have already Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro to the squad for the rest of the season, but with both players aged 21 there’s perhaps a lack of the experienced additions expected at the start of January.
Lennon said on January 9th what he wanted from the window, as quoted by The Glasgow Times: “Yes, just a bit of experience. 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) Brownys 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.”
Clearly that profile of player hasn’t yet arrived and while is still time left to get more players in the door this month, today Lennon appeared to play down the prospect of that.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference today (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.”
It’s these comments that have riled some supporters who feel like the club are risking our rush for trophies before the end of May.
Our lead over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership is slim and with knockout football in the Europa League to enjoy too, there’s an argument that we simply don’t have enough depth in key positions like central defence.
How it plays out between now and Friday’s midnight deadline obviously remains to be seen, but it is interesting to note the reaction of some fans today.
If the club don’t deliver signings this week there could be an even bigger outcry unless senior figures clearly explain what’s been so difficult about this month and give us some perspective.
These supporters took to Twitter today to share their thoughts on it all…
simply not good enough, we can all see it.
— aaron ✪ (@AC_1916) January 28, 2020
Show some ambition, the fans back the team week in week out despite the rip-off prices bring charged by this board and clubs across the country. Minimal investment jeopardising the league, the manager and board will be to blame if this backfires. We’ve had plenty of warning.
— Tictop67 (@toptim77) January 28, 2020
Neil Lennon basically settling for mediocrity, total board “Yes man”
— Docsa (@docsa88) January 28, 2020
Glad you’re happy Mr Lennon. You’ll excuse me if I don’t share your joy.
— paul moody (@swordofreason) January 28, 2020
The words of a yes man there for me. Disappointed if this is the end of the transfer activity this window. Think we need competition on RW and experience at CB
— FootballPurist (@AllDoTheHuddle) January 28, 2020
It’s the exact same rhetoric in EVERY window… We start off looking for 4, then the numbers dwindle until we’re ‘happy if nothing else comes in’…. My guess, we’ll get at least 1 on deadline day 🤔
— Andrew Murphy (@Murphdogg10) January 28, 2020
I hope this is a guarded push towards the board as this window has been lackluster at best. Lennon said he wanted quality and experience. What has changed? HH
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) January 28, 2020
We have signed 2 prospects they might turn out to be a wanyama or a bangura we don’t know. we need a left sided centre half and a winger if shevd or arzani ain’t getting chance
— Paul the tim (@paulthetim) January 28, 2020