Assistant manager John Kennedy has given some transfer updates for the summer transfer window that will surely excite Celtic fans.
With the summer transfer window nearly beginning to heat up, many Celtic fans will be wondering what exactly their club has in store. The usually tight-lipped front office has been surprisingly vocal about their big picture plans for the upcoming campaign.
Hoops manager Neil Lennon said a couple of months ago that the look of the Celtic squad would be revamped and optimized for the pursuit of the illustrious 10-in-a-row. But what that means at the personnel level has remained a mystery. Of course there are rumours that possibly Mohamed Elyounoussi will stay put, or Fraser Forster. Perhaps Olivier Ntcham leaves, or even Kristoffer Ajer?
Regardless, all of these are rumours. But assistant manager John Kennedy has recently spoken with Clyde Superscoreboard about what the Hoops plan to do in the upcoming transfer window. Again, he echoes what Lennon has said all along in that the club will likely look different.
“We want to bring a couple of fresh faces in to give us a lift and try strengthen in the areas we think we can improve and help the team.
“That will be no different this year. It’ll be more challenging I think as we don’t know the state of the transfer market yet, we don’t know when windows will run – we are waiting on guidance for that.
“We have spent this time at home looking at potential players to come in and improve the squad. All our scouts have spent loads of time working from home on that as well. There’s a lot of dialogue with them, still a lot of planning in place of what we could do at some point, we need to wait see how that materialises.”
One thing is for certain, the state of the market is unknown, as Kennedy points out. Many clubs have been affected by COVID-19 financially. This could allow clubs who are in a steady financial state to be able to pry players away from clubs on discount deals.
It could also mean that clubs are less willing to part ways with established talent in order to maintain status quo. It remains to be seen just how differently the club will look next year, but if both of the top men are talking about it, it should excite Celtic fans.