Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been discussing the club’s plans for the upcoming transfer window. The Bhoys have already made it quite clear that the club will be looking to streamline amid the current global health crisis, with the release of both Jonny Hayes and Jozo Simunovic earlier this week.
It seems that the idea of Celtic making big signings this summer is seemingly off the table.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, the Celtic boss seemed to suggest this summer would be about consolidating what he currently has in the first-team.
That includes Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi, both on loan from Southampton.
Lennon admits he wants to keep both players this summer, with the report claiming Olivier Ntcham could head the other way as part of any deal.
But he also makes it clear that Celtic will have their ears to the ground regarding any further additions they might be able to do and that they have a long list of potential options.
“Every club in Europe will be impacted by this. We’ll have to cut our cloth accordingly and see what is out there. There might be good value for money, or free transfers or loans.
“If we can get Elyounoussi and Forster back, that wouldn’t take too much integration. We have an extensive list on each position and where we can improve, but I’m happy with the core of the squad. I don’t think we need radical changes.”
Signing Forster and Elyounoussi will no doubt be a big step for Celtic going forward but neither will come cheap and will be far from straightforward.
As for freebies, it will be tough for Celtic to find decent value in a market where every club in Europe is likely to be on the hunt for potential bargains this summer. However, Celtic picked up an absolute steal in Jeremie Frimpong last summer and there will be hope the club’s scouting department have a similarly impressive player on their radar.
Time will tell how Celtic do strengthen this summer but as Lennon appears to suggest, it is unlikely sweeping changes will be made.