Celtic are set to be without Ryan Christie for three games after he received a ban from the Scottish FA. The Hoops midfielder has been reprimanded for an incident with Alfredo Morelos in the recent Old Firm defeat.
His absence will be tough for Neil Lennon. Christie has smashed 17 goals and registered 13 assists this season, typically operating as a number 10.
With the January window now open, the boss might be looking at potentially adding another midfielder to his squad. If that is the case, Lennon should look no further than Aston Villa outcast Henri Lansbury.
The Villans signed Danny Drinkwater on a season-long loan from Chelsea earlier today. His arrival won’t do Lansbury’s hopes of first-team football any favours at all.
The former Forest man is now 29-years-old and he will be desperate to play regular first-team football.
He has played just 176 minutes of Premier League action this season, largely used as a substitute by boss Dean Smith.
If Celtic can secure Lansbury on some sort of loan deal with a view to a permanent deal in the summer, it might work out ideal for all parties.
Surplus to requirements?
Lansbury is more comfortable playing in a midfield role that allows him to get on the ball and get forward. With Christie missing for three games, he would have the perfect chance to stake his claim for a place.
When the Celtic star returns Lansbury can drop into a more natural central midfield role and act as the box-to-box figure in Lennon’s team.
The 29-year-old proved to be a serious player at Championship level, whilst he hasn’t looked completely out of place when called upon in the top-flight.
Lansbury has an array of passing, isn’t afraid to get stuck in and is a quality playmaker on his day.
If he is deemed surplus by Smith, Celtic should prepare to pounce.