Celtic manager Neil Lennon is hoping to add several new faces to his squad in the remainder of the summer transfer window.
According to the Daily Record, many Celtic fans want the club to reinvest any income from the potential sale of Kieran Tierney, for whom Arsenal have had two bids rejected (as reported by BBC), into strengthening the Hoops’ squad.
Celtic have made just three signings so far in the summer transfer window, bringing in defenders Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli for £7million and £3m respectively, along with the arrival of 18-year-old midfielder Luca Connell.
Celtic’s current squad consists of two goalkeepers, eight defenders, five defensive or central midfielders, three wide midfielders, three attacking midfielders, four attacking wingers and three strikers.
However, they have only one natural right-back in Anthony Ralston, one specialist left-winger in Lewis Morgan (although Jonny Hayes, Ryan Christie and James Forrest can all play on that side) and one natural right-wing forward in Marian Shved (but again, Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths can operate out wide as well as at centre forward).
The lack of right-back cover for Ralston after the exit of Mikael Lustig should make that Lennon’s priority in the transfer market. According to Alan Morrison’s scouting report of Ralston on thecelticbhoys.com, the 20-year-old rarely breaks the defensive lines or takes the team upfield with forward passes.
When examining potential right-back signings, the Celtic manager would be well advised to look at an attacking wing-back with a track record for covering the full length of the pitch, providing a decent supply of assists and getting the ball into the attacking third of the pitch.
If Lennon can find a right-back to fit those attributes and balance out Ralston’s weaknesses in that regard, he should have then filled at least one major problem position in his squad.
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