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Chris Sutton names four things Celtic need to do before Tuesday's deadline

Chris Sutton has told Premier Sports that Celtic still need to sort out four major issues before Tuesday’s deadline – including two new signings.

The Hoops progressed into the Europa League group stages on Thursday night, scraping past AZ Alkmaar with a 3-2 win on aggregate.

Dom McKay has been busy this summer, and it was much-needed. Bringing in six first-team signings, all on permanent deals – the latest Josip Juranovic.

Spending the best part of £20million, Celtic have also brought in Joe Hart, Carl Starfelt, Kyogo Furuhashi, James McCarthy and Liel Abada.

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Sutton feels Celtic need to solve four issues. He wants a centre-back and a left-back, while sorting the future of Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie.

“They need a left-back, they need another centre-back, clearly,” Sutton said. “They need to hold on to Edouard, or replace him adequately.

“Christie, another big player for Celtic. He didn’t have his best game tonight – but he always gives his all. They need to invest if they want to compete.”

Four issues: Sutton right, still plenty of work to do for Celtic

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What will encourage Celtic fans is that both Christie and Edouard have been working incredibly hard. They are buying into Ange Postecoglou’s system.

If you had to predict whether each player will stay at Celtic before Tuesday, you would suggest they will remain. A new contract, though, is unlikely.

The defence still needs work. Yes, Christopher Jullien will return but is Stephen Welsh or Carl Starfelt good enough to partner him?

At left-back, Greg Taylor is not the long-term answer. He is good, but he is not the be all and end all. Back-up at best.

Sutton is right. Edouard and Christie’s futures need to be sorted and Celtic’s priorities in terms of incomings have to be centre-back and left-back.

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