Celtic's lack of activity in the January transfer window has come to haunt them already. The Hoops were expected to strengthen in multiple positions, but at striker and left-back urgently. Neither of those areas has been strengthened though. Instead, the only signing this month so far has been that of Nicolas Kuhn, a winger.
Kyogo not being selected for the AFC Asian Cup and the club's decent run of form before the winter break appears to have reduced the urgency around the situation at Parkhead. But there are still a lot of issues with the squad which cannot be ignored.
The constant injury problems are one of them. The latest to go down is Greg Taylor, who has been a starter throughout the season in Brendan Rodgers' side.
He looks set to be out for a few weeks with a calf issue. As reported by Football Scotland, Rodgers said about Taylor:
"Greg will be out for a few weeks. Towards the game at the weekend he felt a slight strain in his calf."
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Rodgers has a tough task on his hands replacing Taylor in his starting XI. Yes, the left-back has received quite a bit of criticism lately, but the Hoops do not have a better option in their ranks right now.
Alexandro Bernabei is the cover option there but he has barely played since joining the club in the summer of 2022. In fact, rumours suggested that Celtic were ready to let him go this month and were open to transfer and loan offers.
Of course, Mitchel Frame could be a solution as well. The youngster has been a standout in the B Team. He impressed immensely when given a run out against Feyenoord and it is confusing why he has not been given another chance since then.
Another possibility might be playing Liam Scales at left-back. But he seems settled in the heart of defence and moving him from there might not be ideal right now.