Brendan Rodgers has had to strengthen his squad to maintain Celtic’s lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Rodgers has made moves for three players so far in January; Oliver Burke; Timothy Weah; and Vakoun Issouf Bayo.
The Northern Irishman has been a lot sharper off the mark in this window in comparison to the summer, whereby it took longer to get his targets. He brought in Odsonne Edouard, Youssouf Mulumbu, Scott Bain and Emilio Izaguirre on permanent deals, as well as Daniel Arzani and Filip Benkovic on loan.
One of those deals, however, has not gone as planned. Mulumbu’s best years are well behind him in England, as he has not found his feet during his time at Celtic.
Rodgers brought the DR Congo international to Celtic Park on a free from their title rivals, Kilmarnock, where he spent last season.
His performances last year warranted the move to Glasgow, where he was thought to be able to provide adequate competition and depth.
Mulumbu has made just three appearances all season, featuring on the bench 10 times, but playing no part.
The 31-year-old is not quite the player he once was, as he finds himself deep down the pecking order in the defensive midfield role.
Scott Brown, Nir Bitton, Olivier Ntcham are all able to play the role that often only requires one holding midfielder, as in a game where The Bhoys will constantly be on the attack, they do not need as much protection at the back.
Rodgers has enough cover as it is, and with the likelihood that Celtic will be in the market for a holding midfielder, given Eboue Kouassi’s injury, Mulumbu is seemingly surplus to requirements.
For his own career, even if Rodgers does not have faith in Mulumbu, another club will and he could prove to be a useful defensive midfielder elsewhere if he is to move on.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience