It would be an understatement to say that Celtic did not show enough ambition in the January transfer window. Going into it, the minimum expectation was that they would sign a left-back and a striker. They did do the latter but only on a straight loan deal until the end of the season, with Adam Idah arriving from Norwich City.
On the other hand, a left-back was not signed at all despite the fact that Greg Taylor got injured as well. Alexandro Bernabei has been starting in his absence and has not been able to impress.
Celtic did make another signing in the winter in the form of Nicolas Kuhn. And with Liel Abada's future at the club uncertain, it looks like he could be the winger's long-term replacement at Parkhead. Mikey Johnston and Marco Tilio have left on loan too.
The left-back area remains in need of strengthening though and it looks like that could be Celtic's top target next summer. As reported by GIVEMESPORT, Dean Jones said:
"As you look at it right now, you would say that left-back will be the top target for the summer window. But you're also wondering what situation Celtic will even be in by then.
"At the beginning of January, I thought this was going to be a strengthening job to make sure they can hold Rangers off in terms of a title challenge. But here we are the start of February, and Rangers are firmly back in the title challenge.
"I think that there is plenty of time for the scope to change around transfers and also for Brendan Rodgers to totally win everybody over. There are certainly going to be some question marks about the results of recent times."
Journalist names Celtic's top target for next summer
One could argue that the left-back area has remained a problem for Celtic since Kieran Tierney left in 2019. Taylor was signed in the same window but did not do much of note during his first two years at the club.
It was under the management of Ange Postecoglou that Taylor played his best football and the role seemed to suit him. But even then, there were always calls for a left-back to be signed to compete with him and it was always seen as a position where Celtic could strengthen.
Since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers as manager, Taylor's form has dipped. On the other hand, it is clear that Bernabei does not have a long-term future at Parkhead unless something unexpected happens and his overall game improves drastically.