Celtic manager Neil Lennon’s hopes of bringing in quality players before the club’s trip to Sweden look to have faded.
The Hoops boss made the comments in the wake of Sunday’s win over Hearts.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “We need players in two or three positions. That’s been ongoing for quite a while.
“Hopefully we can get some quality bodies in on Monday or Tuesday.
“If we do, I’d like to take them to Sweden with us to integrate them with the group if they have an opportunity to play next weekend.”
At the time of publishing, no new player has been announced by the club.
Clearly everyone is pulling towards the same positives outcomes at Celtic, but Lennon’s comments are curious.
Did transfers fall through? Have the club been too conservative? Has the manager been let down?
These are all questions we are unlikely to get an answer for.
However, Lennon will surely address what he said prior to the club’s match in Sweden on Thursday, given he suggested new players could join him on that trip.
Celtic’s last permanent first-team signing came on July 24th when we announced Hatem Abd Elhamed. Since then we’ve added some development prospects and signed up goalkeeper Fraser Forster on loan.
With just days before the end of the transfer window, can Celtic pull signings out of the bag?
It’s fair to say some fans are disappointed no players have arrived in the wake of Lennon’s comments.
These supporters have taken to Twitter on Tuesday to share their thoughts on the situation, with not everyone blaming the manager…
Neil Lennon creating a rod for his own back with his 2-3 signings comment, if that’s us done in the transfer window then Lawwell should be replaced imminently.
— Tims67 (@TheTimAlloys) August 27, 2019
So no signings Monday and Tuesday despite what Lennon said. Told you before Lawwell is gambling again hoping we qualify for EL group stages before spending.
— Janefield Street (@janefieldst) August 27, 2019
Lenny fast losing any credibility- he needs to stop ‘talking the talk’….
— Martin Willmott (@mwillmott68) August 27, 2019
Looks that way. No cover for full backs isn’t even acceptable for the league campaign.
— Martin McLaughlin (@thebigcup67) August 27, 2019
We dont spend after making europe anyway. An absolute myth. Lennon should keep his mouth shut regarding transfers as all he has done is fuel the supporters tension. Him and Lawwell are perfect for one another.
— We Shall Not Be Moved Podcast (@WSNBM_PODCAST) August 27, 2019
This could be very awkward for NL. He will have to explain why he thought these signings would happen and also why they failed to materialise. He is at risk of looking manipulated or misled. Will he find it difficult to shake the image of being PL's puppet?
— Cwispycwunch (@cwispycwunch) August 27, 2019
The ‘trying to do business when we can in between twice a week games’ approach is hopeless. It needs to be somebody’s job to have a coherent squad of players that fit in an overall strategy before the team takes on meaningful games (I.e. 1st of August)
— John B (@johnab477) August 27, 2019
Lennon is either talking absolute nonsense on a weekly basis or the board arent delivering. Either way its another absolute shambles of a transfer window https://t.co/ZVik4kQrH1
— Liam McLaughlan (@LiamMcLaughlan) August 27, 2019