Other than the obvious, Celtic have had a good start to the season. But for fifteen minutes of madness it would’ve been perfect. Offensively, Celtic have been on fire, scoring goals has not been the issue. Replacing the departed Keiran Tierney and Mikael Lustig, however, has. Neil Lennon has time to solve the problem but where should he look?
Celtic replaced Kieran Tierney and Emilio Izaguirre with the much-maligned Boli Bolingoli. They now face a conundrum though. Bolingoli was never going to hit the heights of Tierney straight away but after his most assured performance in Celtic colours against AIK Stockholm will he give Lennon cause for a re-think? The Daily Express rated him at a 7/10, one of Celtic’s star men on the night.
So, with the transfer window deadline fast approaching, where should Celtic look to strengthen. Here we look at two possible additions to the squad.
This one just won’t go away. A lot of money was spent on Bolingoli and so far he has shown decent attacking intent but appears to lack defensively. Greg Taylor offers a balance of both. Signing Taylor would allow Bolingoli to be deployed further forward where his attacking skills could be utilised without the fear of leaving the defence exposed. Taylor is also experienced in the Premiership and would settle into the Celtic line-up immediately.
There are two stumbling blocks for this deal. The transfer fee, which is reported to be around £3 Million by The Daily Express and Daily Record and Rangers’ similar need for a left-back. Taylor had been at Rangers as a youth player, there would be less pressure knowing he was filling a problem position rather than being compared to Tierney. He does, however, probably know he would be Celtic’s first choice given the previously mentioned defensive frailty of Bolingoli. How serious Rangers’ interest is would depend on the sale of Borna Barisic.
Yes, another Kilmarnock player. Hatem Abd Elhamed‘s arrival for £1.6 million as Mikael Lustig‘s replacement from Hapoel Be’er Sheva has been met with a good response from Celtic fans. His recent injury leading to The Celtic Star comparing Celtic’s unsettled defence as a “soap opera”.
With Tierney and Lustig away, Celtic need consistency and players who know the league in such a pivotal season. They have that at the other end of the park but their remains doubts at the back. Playing Callum McGregor as a left-back and Kristoffer Ajer as a right-back is a waste of their sizeable talents. Ajer, although exceptional v AIK scoring an 8/10 by The Daily Record, should be dictating play from centre-half.
O’Donnell is now an international player, makes very few mistakes and offers a goal threat, highlighted by his equalising goal against Rangers in the season opener.
Will Celtic strengthen the defence before the end of the window, re-enforcements are needed but can Lennon keep the Parkhead faithful happy?Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!