Who’ll Step Out Of The Shadows Of Celtic’s Failed Transfer Window?

Callum McGregor & Joe Hart

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The biggest plus of Celtic’s shambolic January transfer window – and I know I’m clutching at straws here – is that it’s finally over.

What should have been a real opportunity to improve and galvanise the squad for the second half of the campaign instead turned out to be a massive disappointment.

As we know, just two players were brought in, whilst not nearly enough were moved on and if our target was to exit the window stronger than when we entered it then we’ve failed miserably on that front.

What we do know however is exactly what players Brendan Rodgers can now call upon in our remaining 14 league games and that stability has to be seen as a positive given what’s been an unsettling five weeks or so of the new year.

Unsettling for fans, unsettling for players, and unsettling for the manager.

And though we still have injury concerns over two of our most important players in Cameron Carter-Vickers and Reo Hatate a level of calm must surely have been restored at Lennoxtown with the remaining players assured of at least their short term futures at the club.

David Turnbull has left on a permanent basis whilst Mikey Johnston, Kwon and Marco Tilio all departed on loan.

Whether they’re seen in a green and white shirt again remains to be seen.

For those who remain however the challenge between now and May is clear.

New Signing Nicolas Khun Grabbed His First Celtic Goal At The Weekend
New Signing Nicolas Khun Grabbed His First Celtic Goal At The Weekend

Find a way to win consistently win our remaining league fixtures, and prove that you have what it takes to be a title winning Celtic player.

Retaining the Scottish Cup – where Celtic face St Mirren on Sunday – would be a welcome bonus, but by no means a priority.

Can Callum McGregor – now with over 450 Celtic appearances under his belt – find consistency in his own performances to lift a third successive Scottish Premiership as club captain?

Can Kyogo rediscover the goal scoring form which saw him sweep the boards at last season’s player of the year awards?

And can new Bhoys such as Luis Palma, Paulo Bernardo and Nicolas Khun prove that they have the talent and the mindset to succeed in Glasgow’s East End?

In a short few months we’ll have the answers to all of these questions.

With the top of the table now closer that it’s been in some time the gauntlet has been well and truly set for Celtic’s players and coaches alike to show exactly what they’re really made of.

And for now at least all transfer talk and further distractions are firmly on hold.

The race is on.

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