Celtic fans have been left worried by the club's slow approach to the January transfer window. Until now, they have been able to complete just one signing, bringing in Nicolas Kuhn from Rapid Vienna. Many have questioned whether the Hoops even needed another winger in the first place, considering the options they already have in that area of the pitch.
Instead, it is at striker, left-back and goalkeeper, where they need more immediate reinforcements. Now, it remains to be seen whether those additions are made or not.
The striker situation is better than first anticipated. Oh Hyeon-gyu is away at the AFC Asian Cup, representing the South Korea national team.
Kyogo was not selected by Japan though. To a certain extent, that is understandable as well, as the striker has not been in top form this season, even though he has risen up to the occasion more than once.
Rodgers sends clear message and Celtic board must deliver
Just because Kyogo is still available does not mean that Celtic do not need to make an addition up top. They quite certainly do, having failed to show efficiency in front of goal in the first half of the campaign.
As reported by The Herald, Rodgers now seems to be setting his sights on bringing in a striker, as he said:
"It’s an area we have to look at, we can’t ignore it."
Rodgers further went on to add about the matter:
"It’s also one that we have been looking at for a period of time and it would have really changed if Kyogo had gone away with Japan. That was our thinking process, that we would actually be left with no one.
“Him being here for virtually one game a week for a number of weeks changes the dynamic.
“It’s about getting the right players in. You can easily bring players in. But sometimes it takes a bit of time and patience. We’ve got the winger we wanted and there are some other positions we want to improve.
“If the players are available and we can do a deal, then great. If not, we’ll move on to the summer.
“It will only be if the right players are not available."
Celtic fans will be hoping that the club are able to find the right players this month. Otherwise, they might be taking on too much of a risk going into the second half of the season with just Kyogo and Oh as options up front.
Kyogo is a fantastic striker without doubt, having scored 34 goals last season. But, he has not looked at his best since Rodgers became manager of the club and the style of play changed. On the other hand, Oh has never delivered consistently since joining Celtic.