Celtic return to the scene of the crime today when they take on bottom of the league Motherwell today at Celtic Park. Having finally captured their opponent’s top player, a year on from the initial move, Motherwell’s loss is will hopefully be Celtic’s gain.
David Turnbull’s overdue move should have been one to celebrate, but the timing of the announcement has been overshadowed a bit by the midweek defeat to Ferencvaros. Hopefully an appearance today in the first team will help reinvigorate the team and the fans.
Neil Lennon will be hoping there is no hangover to deal with. The supporters are sorely disappointed at another season without Champions League football and have questioned both the team selection and the slow start to that game by the players which saw them go a goal down after seven minutes.
Whilst Celtic went on to dominate and equalise, they eventually lost by another poor piece of defending. Today they must put the result, along with Lennon’s post match comments, behind them and get back in the fight for 10IAR, this season’s top priority.
There is also a need to settle this team down because it’s been a bumpy start to the season. Perhaps Wednesday’s defeat was needed and the arrival of Turnbull will be a much needed shot in the arm.
Today it will be interesting to see what changes are made to the starting lineup. It will also be intriguing to see what further comings and goings we can expect over the remaining five weeks of the summer transfer window too.
Neil Lennon talked about wantaway players post match on Wednesday without naming names. What he has confirmed in the last 24 hours is that Tom Rogic looks set to leave.
This was rumoured by the media previously with an interested club in Qatar and later as part of a deal for Shane Duffy from Brighton & Hove Albion. Both seemed like clutching at straws, but now it looks as though Celtic have accepted a bid from an unknown club.
Lennon stated that Turnbull’s arrival would not have affected Rogic’s role either way. We’ve had some great memories from Tom Rogic, but with injuries affecting his availability so much over the last seven years, the club have decided to cash out.
Should we lose any more players, it will only add to the list of potential acquisitions we already require. Despite being so early in the season, I already sense that this could be a watershed moment for the club and the coming season.
We have to get back on track. We need to kick on.