Celtic’s Transfer Objectives – Strengthen positions 1,3,5,6 and 9

It’ still all quiet on the transfer front at Celtic but hopefully we’ll be seeing some activity sooner rather than later as Brendan Rodgers this week gets back to work and the players start to return for their pre-season assessments. 

Celtic v theRangers – Scottish Cup – Final – Hampden.Anthony Ralston, James Forrest, Callum McGregor and Greg Taylor celebrate with the trophy on Saturday May 25, 2024. Photo Andrew Milligan

There’s a match against Ayr United to prepare for and obviously the players who have been away on international duties will not be involved in that one. Indeed we reported last week that Luis Palma isn’t coming back to Glasgow ahead of the three match summer tour in the United States but will instead meet up with the squad over there.

So what can we expect in the transfer window and where exactly does the current squad need strengthened in order to allow Brendan to make the strides forward that he is looking for in the new campaign?

With the transfer window now fully open the Celtic supporters are eagerly awaiting an influx of new arrivals to strengthen the squad. In my opinion we need at least five players, and five first team ready players at that. The first position that needs tending too is pretty obvious and that is the goalkeeping one. With Joe Hart retiring it’s a big void to fill and the new man will have to be top quality to fill Joe’s gloves.

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Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart shows his appreciation to the fans after the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC v St Mirren at Celtic Park on May 18, 2024. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Next up is left back. Greg Taylor does his job well and always gives one hundred percent, but we need a new face to give him some much needed competition, something Alexandro Bernabei never did. One things for sure is that any new signing has to be of a better standard than the Argentine. There’s also been some internet chat about the Greg Taylor contract situation with the player rumoured to be unhappy with the terms on offer from the club.

If true, Taylor will no doubt believe that as he is a first pick player and basically plays when fit, he is more deserving of a salary that matches or at least gets nearer to other players in the team in a similar position. Celtic though might not see it that way, so we could end up looking for not one but two left backs if this is the case and the situation cannot be resolved.

Cameron Carter-Vickers of Celtic leads the celebrations as Celtic win a penalty shoot out during the Aberdeen v Celtic – Scottish Cup Semi Final at Hampden on April 20, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Then it’s the centre of defence. CCV gives us a solidness with his ability and presence at the back and we need something with those same qualities to partner the American international. To have two top quality players in the centre of defence would benefit us massively especially in Europe. Top quality left centre-backs are thin on the ground and Brendan may be interested in exploring a deal with Scott McKenna who is a free agent after his contract at Nottingham Forest ends this month.

Scott McKenna during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on September 02, 2023. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The next area that needs strengthening is the middle of the park. A quality holding midfielder, one with the physical strength and ability to control a game would be ideal. we’ve not fully replaced Scott Brown and a signing with the attributes of Broony would be ideal, but almost impossible to a achieve for the kind of money Celtic are likely to be playing with in the transfer window. We can but hope that Brendan has a solution.

The last position to be filled should be the centre forward one. It’s still uncertain if Adam Idah will sign permanently, but a player of his ilk would be ideal. A big strong mobile front man who knows his way to goal is what we need. Bojan Miovski has also been touted and he too would be the perfect signing.

Bojan Miovski prior to the Scottish Premiership match between theRangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox  on February 06, 2024d. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Of course we will most likely need to replace Matt O’Riley who is almost certain to leave in the summer, but we’ll worry another that when the time comes. For the time being we will need to concentrate on other targets, and strengthening these areas that I’ve mentioned would set us up nicely for the battle ahead next season, domestically and of course in the Champions League.

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1 Comment

  1. Would question the defensive midfield role imo?
    If we presume that the squad for next season, is going to remain the same in structure?
    Then we already have Calmac, iwata in position, with young lawal as another potential option within the squad imo?
    Would agree that we could be looking to add a few midfield players, but thinking we will require the more attacking type of midfielder imo?
    Our central midfielder in which Calmac operates is more of the playmaker, with Iwata more stronger defensively imo?
    Works well enough within the SPFL, where iwata is available to manage Calmac game time and in seeing games out, when the game is already won?
    So believe that another in a defensive midfield role, would possibly mean having to move Calmac into a more advanced midfield position, which he tends to suit the Hatate position more so imo?
    Still think our squad will consist of 7 midfield players for the CL squad, and lawal could be maybe regarded as an 8th option also, as think he might be taking up one of our 5CB within the CL squad imo?
    Think Scott mckenna would be a very decent shout for ourselves, especially as he looks far more composed on the ball than scales imo?
    Personally believe that we require 7 players to get the overall 25man squad up to where Rodgers would possibly like ourselves to be imo?
    The extra players would be looking to get 2 keepers in, and 2 midfield players.
    And that’s without any potential players leaving ourselves?
    Idah and Paulo could well account for 2 of the places available, but could do with getting a move on also, to make them permanent signings?
    Think that there will be something confirmed over the next 2 weeks, well needs to be, so we are in position to start the season properly, with players already in position?