Celtic’s incoming transfer business during the current window could be done once the club bring in a left flank option to replace Boli Bolingoli, Neil Lennon has told The Scottish Daily Mail (16/09 print edition, page 85).
Speaking to the paper on Tuesday, the manager said: “With Boli Bolingoli going there’s a hole that needs filling on the left side, which we’re obviously looking at.
“If we could fill that hole then that would be us done.”
That would explain the lack of serious transfer speculation over the last 10 days or so, with reports mostly limited to Celtic’s quest for a defender.
Two bids are reported to have been lodged for Alfie Doughty, with a third on the way to Charlton (The Scottish Sun)
Ben Davies of Preston North End has also been linked, though he plays more centrally.
Lennon was asked about the pair at his separate broadcast media press conference yesterday.
However, he wouldn’t be drawn on individuals, stating on the club’s official YouTube channel: “It’s just speculation at the minute. We do want to add to the squad if we can. If we can’t I’ll be absolutely delighted with the squad that we’ve got.
“In terms of names I can’t give you any at the minute, obviously.”
If Celtic were to only add one more player to the squad, it might not go down too well with supporters who are looking for a bit more depth in defence and the wing areas.
James Forrest badly needs competition on the right wing, while Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer and Shane Duffy may not be enough if the manager continues with his 3-5-2 system.
However, the manager clearly feels he has enough and has earned our trust on recruitment after a positive 12 months in that department.
We have already signed five quality first-team options throughout this window alone, all of whom could make a big impact over the course of the season.
The club now have to deliver on Bolingoli’s replacement.