Celtic manager Neil Lennon is on the hunt for four more signings before the Scottish Premiership transfer window closes on September 2nd.
According to the Scottish Daily Mail [via HITC], Celtic have renewed their interest in FC Copenhagen right-back Peter Ankersen, after The Scottish Sun reported in June that the Hoops had abandoned their pursuit of the player.
Lennon has signed four players for Celtic’s first team squad already this summer, bringing in Christopher Jullien, Luca Connell, Boli Bolingoli and Hatem Abd Elhamed.
Celtic’s squad currently consists of two goalkeepers, five centre-backs (two of whom have filled in at right-back), two left-backs, one right-back, five defensive or central midfielders, three right-sided midfielders, four left-sided midfielders, three attacking midfielders and three strikers [via Transfermarkt].
Despite signing a left-back in Bolingoli and a versatile central defender or right-back in Abd Elhamed, the Hoops still seem light in the full-back areas, with Mikael Lustig, Jeremy Toljan, Cristian Gamboa, Emilio Izaguirre and Kieran Tierney all departing the club since the end of last season.
Bolingoli has received criticism from some quarters in the early weeks of the season, with Football Scotland‘s Jonathan McFarlane scathing of his performance in the away leg of the Champions League qualifier against CFR Cluj.
Three different players have started at right-back already this season, with Anthony Ralston, Hatem Abd Elhamed and centre-back Kristoffer Ajer all being deployed in the role even though Ralston is the only one of that trio who is a natural right-back.
Lennon has seven wingers or wide midfielders in his squad, with others such as Tom Rogic or Connell capable of playing in a wide role if required.
In Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths, Celtic have two strikers who scored 28 goals between them last season and have already netted on four and three occasions respectively this campaign, but their only backup is Vakoun Issouf Bayo, who has played just a solitary minute of Scottish Premiership football.
While Lennon’s pursuit of one more striker is understandable, he seems adequately covered for wide players and it seems a little surprising that he is not in the market for a third goalkeeper, for Celtic could be very stretched in this area if either Scott Bain or Craig Gordon were unavailable.
Also, that Celtic have purchased three defenders already this summer yet still feel the need for two more hints at a flaw in the club’s transfer approach if they are still trying to add full-backs so late in the transfer window because they’ve left themselves so short for defensive cover.
However, as they still seem light in the full-back positions, that should be the transfer priority for Lennon, along with adding one more goalkeeper and, time and budget permitting, another striker.
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