After slipping to a damaging defeat in the Old Firm clash against Rangers last weekend, Celtic are facing up to the now unfamiliar prospect of not lifting the Scottish Premiership at the end of the season.
Neil Lennon’s side had just started to put together a run of form before losing 1-0 at Ibrox, and many Hoops fans may already be thinking about next season.
But with the January transfer window open, chief executive Peter Lawwell must surely be on the look-out for some reinforcements, and he could arguably salvage this campaign for the Bhoys by snapping up Exeter starlet Joel Randall.
Reports in recent days have linked the 21-year-old with a move to Celtic Park, and the left-winger who has scored eight goals this season for the English League Two side could represent the club’s future.
Lennon already has a talented young wide player in Mikey Johnston, and adding Randall into the mix would give Celtic a more youthful and vibrant look going forward.
His manager at Exeter, Matt Taylor, said: “He’s exceeded our expectations. He’s had talent and potential in him since a young age. His running stats are phenomenal but he’s added an extra dimension to his game in terms of the end product.
“He’s been a constant threat down that left side, worked tirelessly for the team and contributed at all times this season. He’s been a standout player.”
This campaign may already be seen as a write-off what with their attempts at 10-in-a-row going disastrously wrong. But bringing Randall in could give Celtic something to shout about not just for the here and now, but for the future too.