Celtic boss Neil Lennon commented on the state of Celtic’s transfer market after a 3-1 victory over Hearts on Sunday. The Hoops still want to reinforce key positions, most notably at left-back. If new players are signed, they are expected to travel with the team to Sweden ahead of Thursday’s match with AIK.
A tough week lies ahead for Celtic when they take on AIK in the Europa League Playoff round and then the undefeated Rangers. Celtic has played well against Dunfermline (despite some bad luck), AIK in the first leg, and most recently Hearts. However, as Celtic sets their eyes on the Europa League Group Stage, the team will need to improve.
The summer transfer window has already brought Christopher Jullien, Hatem Abd Elhamed, and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo to Paradise. Finally, Fraser Forster was brought in on loan to solidify the goalkeeper situation and wants to stay long-term. Bolingoli has started to round into form, but is not seen as a long-term replacement for Kieran Tierney. Left-back will be a top priority.
Celtic skipper Neil Lennon was not beating around the bush when talking about bringing new players into the fold after the match against Hearts on Sunday:
“We need players in two or three positions. Hopefully we can get some quality bodies in on Monday or Tuesday.
“If we do, I would like to take them to Sweden with us to integrate them with the group if they have an opportunity to play next weekend.”
The timing of the transfer could not be better considering the first Old Firm rivalry match of the season is quickly approaching, and the club has to feel Rangers breathing down their neck in the Scottish Premier League table.
Some particular targets that could be in play are Rosenborg left-back Birger Meling if Rosenborg falls out of the Champions League, and Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor. And as always, there are sure to be plenty of backroom ideas that none of us could even think of.
Despite a decent start to the season, if Celtic wants to contend in the Europa League Group Stage, and possibly even further, then real first team talent will have to be added to the club. Until then, fans can dream on what Celtic may bring in to bolster the squad.