It is clear that things need to change at Celtic if they are to turn things around and return to challenging for the Premiership once again in the near future. Not only have the Rangers managed to clinch the league title with six games to spare but they have also won four of their five games against the Hoops through the course of the season, while the other one ended in a draw.
Thus, it is clear that Celtic have some catching up to do come next season. And the first change that they are expected to make is to bring in a new manager.
At this point of time, Eddie Howe appears to be the frontrunner for the role and if he does come in or whoever it ends up being, he will clearly have his work cut out for him.
Here are three things that the new Celtic manager will need to change to turn things around following the club’s disappointing season:
Solidify the Celtic defence
The defence has been a worry for the Hoops this season. They have failed to keep sides at bay in the big games. And it is an area which they clearly need to work upon. Thus, signing new defenders, both at centre-back and in the full-back positions should be on the club’s summer wishlist.
Get the attack scoring again
On the other end of the pitch, the attack has not been great either. While the chances have been there, they have failed to take them on a number of occasions. Thus, the Hoops will need to start finding the back of the net on a consistent basis once again come next season. And with Odsonne Edouard expected to leave, it could be a very different looking frontline for the club come next season.
Improve the recruitment
Over the past several years, the club have signed a number of players who have failed to make an impact on the team. Just take a look at the players who came in last summer for example. Other than David Turnbull, none of them can be considered a success till now. This needs to change moving forward and the recruitment has to be smarter.