Scottish champions Celtic have enjoyed a fine start to the current campaign on the domestic front, with the Old Firm outfit having won 14 of their opening 15 Scottish Premiership games, while also moving into the semi-finals of the League Cup with relative ease.
That being said, however, the Hoops’ woes in the Champions League – in which they finished bottom of their group after failing to record a single victory – have perhaps laid bare that there is still much improvement to be made at Parkhead moving forward.
Title-winning coach Ange Postecoglou is seemingly aware of that fact having admitted that the club are already plotting possible moves in the January window, with the addition of further quality only set to raise the Glasgow side to even greater heights.
A particular area of concern for the 57-year-old may well lie in attack, with the Bhoys having been somewhat profligate during their disappointing European run, with the former Yokohama boss himself admitting that his side had paid the “ultimate price” for their failure to convert often gilt-edged chances.
In need of perhaps a more clinical presence to bolster the forward line, Postecoglou could well make an astute move by turning to Marseille prospect, Bamba Dieng, with the Senegalese sensation having reportedly been a target for the club over the summer.
The 22-year-old – who was valued at a mega £15m in the recent window – had attracted interest from a host of top clubs across Europe as a result of his sparkling form last term, having scored eight goals in all competitions for the Ligue 1 outfit in what was a breakthrough campaign at senior level.
A move away had seemingly been on the cards with the youngster’s current side having been keen to force him out of the Stade Velodrome, although a late switch to Nice cruelly collapsed after the player had also been close to joining Leeds United.
The “explosive” talent – as described by former manager Jorge Sampaoli – has since been left out in the cold by new boss Igor Tudor in the early months of the campaign, making only six league appearances so far this term, with five of those outings coming from the bench.
Postecoglou and co could well capitalise on that fact and make a concrete approach for the dynamic forward – who can feature on the flanks or through the middle – in the New Year, particularly with the 13-cap gem having just over 18 months left on his existing deal in France.
Dieng – who has been likened to compatriot Sadio Mane – could well be set to prove his worth at the upcoming World Cup, with writer Zach Lowy suggesting that Senegal could be “one of the surprises of the tournament” due to their wealth of attacking talent.
Celtic could be about to see just why they should have made a firm offer for the 5 foot 10 ace in the summer, should he sparkle in Qatar, with the club potentially needing to strike a deal this time around when the market re-opens.