The win over Lazio should have a positive impact for Celtic in the upcoming transfer window. Obviously there should be more money available to spend, but being in the knockout rounds of European competition is a very attractive prospect.
It doesn’t sound like Neil Lennon wants to do anything radical to the team at this point. The regular starting XI has shown they can beat anybody when they play well so expect to see some additions to the squad rather than the first team.
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One name that has been heavily linked by The Telegraph recently is Niklas Dorsch. He’s a former Bayern Munich midfielder who plays in the German second tier for Heidenheim. The report indicates he recently rejected a new contract and has a buyout clause worth around £3.2m.
Described as a defensive midfielder, the former German U21 international could be an interesting addition to the squad. At this point it’s unlikely he would trouble Brown or McGregor for a starting spot, but he should offer a more dynamic alternative that Bitton in the deeper role.
His arrival would surely mean that someone would need to make way. Hopefully it wouldn’t be the result of selling someone like Ntcham or Rogic to make space, but it’s easy to see Eboue Kouassi being moved on.
The transfer fee shouldn’t be a problem but it’s still pretty sizeable for a player who would probably come in as a back up. It could be worth it if Lenny decides he could be a long term successor to Broony or someone else in the team, but you wouldn’t expect him to have a big impact at this point.
The most pressing need right now is a capable striker who can score goals when needed. Eddy has been magnificent all season, but he’s still young and could burn out if he has to play every game.
Expect to see speculation start to build as we approach January.