Transfer business has been slow and steady for Celtic this summer. Neil Lennon recaptured a winger on loan followed by a goalkeeper and striker on permanent deals, but there’s still a suggestion we’re not done yet.
After resigning Elyounoussi from Southampton we waited patiently for the arrivals of Barkas and even more so Ajeti. Now much of the attention has turned to Shane Duffy of Brighton and Hove Albion.
Celtic could certainly do with some strengthening at centre back. Having severed ties with the often brittle yet very capable Jozo Simunovic, we could do with another experienced central defender.
Neil Lennon does have four first team players that can play there. However, Elhamed is predominantly a right back/wing back, Bitton is a midfielder and even Ajer is a converted midfielder.
To be fair, their versatility is what makes them more valuable to us, but in terms of strengthening the position over all, I’d say this remains a priority. Even though Ajer has never played in midfield for us, Jullien is our only true centre half, so if Duffy is our main target then it’ll bring some competition as well as strength to the backline.
One of our current squad mentioned in some of the same articles as Duffy was Tom Rogic. Initially, the media were banging out stories that the Australian international was off to Qatar for £4M
It had some of our fans in a bit of a flap. Rogic’s skill set are second to none, but both injury and the rise of Ryan Christie have kept the big man out of the team.
Then another story arose that Rogic could be used as a make weight in a deal for Duffy. At this point I realised that the media were probably just clutching at straws.
Whilst some fans see the sense in getting a fee for Rogic, others still value the guy’s skills. On his game, Rogic is lethal, easy on the eye and a match winner.
He has shown he can link up with Forrest, a player very much in need of some spark. And with Christie possibly in need of some competition, I’d like to see Rogic here for 10IAR.
As one of the few remaining invincibles, I think he could have a part still to play this season. Talking of invincibles one our former heroes was pouring his heart out this week.
Kieran Tierney spoke on Open Goal about the abuse he suffered on leaving the club last summer. Whilst it was a bitter blow to the fans, what the player experienced from some of our own fan base is nothing short of shameful.
I was angry at his departure. I won’t hide that.
No transfer fee could plaster over the pain of losing one of our most talented home grown players, far too early in his Celtic career. It didn’t help that Brendan Rodgers had walked away in the midst of another treble earlier the same year, now Tierney had left as we fought for 9IAR.
I’ve never hidden my disappointment at him leaving. I would never abuse the guy for it though.
I’m certain he’s missing Celtic. He’ll be kicking himself at the prospect of a return to Tannadice as his former team mates will be this Saturday evening.
Celtic face Dundee United in the league for the first time since 2016 this evening at 5.30pm. That game was also at Tannadice where Celtic won 4-1.
That was the season United would be relegated. Something that Celtic helped contribute towards with three straight wins and an aggregate scoreline of 12-2 for the season.
Celtic had also decimated United’s ranks. Ronny Deila plundered their squad by acquiring three of their best players.
It didn’t help their survival in the top flight. Celtic benefited from the signing of Gary Mackay-Steven initially, but it was Stuart Armstrong that became the standout player whilst Nadir Ciftci remained an enigma.
None of these players are at Celtic these days of course. Dunded United are also in a totally different era.
I’m looking forward to seeing what they’re about these days. I’ve always had a level of respect for their club and there have been some memorable matches between our clubs too.