Celtic made a number of additions in the recent summer transfer window. Seven players were brought in on a permanent basis while two arrived on loan. It is safe to say that not many of them have made a positive impact since arriving at Parkhead. Luis Palma is the only one to have regular first-team football and even his performances have dipped after a bright start.
The likes of Marco Tilio and Kwon Hyeok-kyu do not seem to be a part of Brendan Rodgers' plans at all. Yang Hyun-jun, Odin Thiago Holm and Paulo Bernardo have gotten minutes here and there, but have not established themselves in the starting XI. Nat Phillips arrived with a lot of expectations but has disappointed and Maik Nawrocki has not played since his injury in August.
Particularly interesting is the situation of Gustaf Lagerbielke though. The club actually have a solid defensive record when the Swede has played. And he had a heroic moment recently, scoring the winner against Feyenoord in the Champions League.
People had expected him to get a run in the team following that. But that has not happened. Instead, there is speculation that Lagerbielke could be on his way out in January.
People inside Celtic don't think summer signing is good enough
"It was felt inside Celtic Park, by the people who matter and know their football, that Lagerbielke isn’t up to it. They will probably look for offers for him next month."
Lagerbielke has never looked like the right fit for Rodgers' style of football. Instead of the manager or the player, it is the recruitment team who must be questioned in this instance.
They must make sure that not only do they sign good players, but also those who would fit the manager's vision. Otherwise, it will be very difficult for them to succeed at Parkhead. Overall, the summer transfer window of 2023 was not much to write home about and many are already comparing it to the one from 2020.