As we head towards the January transfer window, there is no doubt that Celtic will be linked with a whole host of players as Neil Lennon looks to improve on his squad.
The Hoops boss will want to get the rest of Celtic’s busy December schedule out of the way first, but in the back of his mind he and the rest of the staff at Celtic Park will have some ideas for January.
With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at three things that should be on Celtic’s January transfer window wish-list:
1. A PERMANENT DEAL FOR FRASER FORSTER
This might be the hardest to obtain, but is probably the number one wish Celtic fans will have for the January transfer window. Forster was sensational in the Betfred Cup Final win over Rangers, and almost won the game on his own for the Hoops. However, manager Neil Lennon recently said that he is still unsure if the player will return to the club next season. If the Hoops can somehow agree a permanent deal with Southampton it would be a huge bonus for the Hoops for the rest of the season.
2. SIGN ANOTHER STRIKER
With all the will in the world, Neil Lennon’s plan to play Lewis Morgan as the lone striker in the Betfred Cup Final was always going to be difficult for the player. Morgan struggled, and was eventually replaced by Odsonne Edouard who gave the Hoops a new dimension. With Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo both struggling with injuries this season, it would make sense for Celtic to bring a new striker to the club. Hopefully one is added in January who can provide competition to those already at the club.
3. AGREE A PRE-CONTRACT DEAL
Perhaps not the most expected of items, but in his first spell as Hoops manager, Neil Lennon made good use of the pre-contract agreement. Mikael Lustig was signed on one, for example. As were Adam Matthews and Kelvin Wilson. Those players had varying degrees of success at the club, but have all contributed to the last eight years of Celtic dominance. Lennon should explore using this market once more, and get players into the club in advance of next season.