Celtic’s biggest weakness right now is their lack of squad depth. We saw a brilliant example of that against St Mirren, as the Hoops could only get a 0-0 draw in a game that they were expected to win, considering the number of players that the opposition were missing. But even more worrying was the fact that when they needed to score a goal, Ange Postecoglou did not have anyone to look towards on the bench.
In fact, one could argue that they did not have a reliable goalscorer on the pitch throughout the course of the game and brought on Liam Shaw, Greg Taylor and Josip Juranovic when looking for a goal.
The result leaves them 6 points behind the Rangers in the Premiership table and with very little room for error.
This January will be very vital for the club in terms of strengthening their squad. And Postecoglou has confirmed that they will be looking to bring in their signings as early as possible. As reported by Sky Sports, the Celtic manager said:
“We are still with the intent of trying to bring them (signings) early and if we can and, from my perspective, it would be ideal if we can get them in from when we re-start training and give them a lead into the second half of the year.”
Postecoglou confirms Celtic’s January transfer plans
Celtic are expected to make a splash in the upcoming January transfer window as they aim to put up a sustainable Premiership title challenge against the Rangers this time around.
It is safe to say that the situation is far from ideal at the moment in that regard. They have been linked with Yokohama F. Marinos’ Daizen Maeda, Kawasaki Frontale’s Reo Hatate and Gamba Osaka’s Yosuke Ideguchi.
While all three could prove to be solid additions for Celtic, with the ever developing situation and new restrictions around the world, it will be interesting to see how things look in a few weeks, and what effect it has on the football transfer market. It must be pointed out that all three of those players currently play in Japan.
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