At time of writing Celtic have less than 48 hours to right the wrongs of what’s been a woeful January transfer window so far.
At the start of the month the key objectives will have been to add quality to Brendan Rodgers’ first team options, whilst at the same time remove a notable number of non-performing players from what’s become a bloated squad.
Neither goal has been adequately achieved.
Nicolas Kuhn may well go on to bring that “quality” that the manager has been pleading for, we just don’t know.
What we do know however is that he suggested that up to four such players would be required and currently has just one of them. Maybe.
So are we going to see something spectacular between now and Thursday night?
It’s highly unlikely.
Of the players who’ve become surplus to requirements only Yosuke Ideguchi, Kwon & Adan Montgomery have been moved on so far.
Yet Yuki Kobayashi, Gustaf Lagerbielke, Marco Tilio, James McCarthy and Ben Seigrist amongst others remain a burden on Celtic’s payroll whilst contributing next to nothing to the first team squad.
The squad management in recent windows has quite simply been mind blowing.
Of the seven permanent signings made in summer, three – Kwon, Lagerbielke & Tilio – are all likely to find themselves at new clubs for the second half of the season.
That is incredible.
And whilst very few of us really knows what’s going on behind the scenes at Celtic Park it seems clear that what Brendan Rodgers classes as quality, and what the Recruitment Team have presented to him thus far look to be very different things.
Worryingly, I’m not sure how that particular relationship ends.
But when an element of the fanbase feel compelled to boo the team off the park after a VICTORY then that’s when the powers that be at Celtic must surely realise that something has to change.
And that change must either come in the shape of a change in strategy, or a change in personnel.
Whether we see any indication of a more forward thinking approach between now and Thursday’s 11.30pm transfer deadline or not would seem wholly unlikely.
Yes Celtic currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership table, however this is in spite of recent recruitment, rather than because of it.
If you think we as supporters are increasingly frustrated by the whole thing, just how do you think the manager’s feeling?
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