This summer is going to be one of the most crucial in Celtic’s recent history. They have just surrendered their grasp on the SPFL title and are in need of reinvigorating Parkhead.
First on Dermot Desmond’s to-do list will be to find a new manager for the playing squad. Neil Lennon left his post around three weeks ago and they are still no closer to discovering his successor.
There is also set to be plenty of movement in the hierarchy. Peter Lawwell is due to retire at the end of the season and be replaced by Dominic McKay. Nick Hammond could also depart if you believe reports.
As a result, a new director of football role is set to be appointed with that role potentially being handed to Fergal Harkin.
It will be a summer of change but one man we won’t see depart is Desmond. Answering questions in a rare media appearance on Tuesday evening, he claimed that his shares were not for sale.
Instead, it looks as though he could plough further investment into the football club. Speaking on A Celtic State of Mind podcast last week, Paul Dykes shared some rather interesting news from one of his sources.
Dykes commented: “I was speaking to someone who is close to the club and who reckons there’s going to be an incredible investment in the Celtic coaching staff and playing staff moving into next season.”
Considering the Hoops won’t have the prize money that comes with winning the SPFL or the finances that come from the Champions League, it bodes well to hear that the kitty isn’t completely empty.
For supporters, this should be incredibly exciting news. Of course, the Bhoys spent over £4m on both Albian Ajeti and Vasilis Barkas last summer, but if they put significant investment into the playing squad and bring in a new director of football, their recruitment could improve significantly.
Football Insider has also revealed that a team of scouts and analysts are set to follow Harkin through the door so it’s certainly believable that Celtic are wanting to spend more.
After losing your grasp on the title, the answer is usually to spend. However, merely flashing your cash is easier than actually using that money wisely.
With fears about the futures of both Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer still lingering in the background, the report that Celtic won’t be afraid to spend on the playing squad this summer should be music to the ears of the Green Brigade.
The next transfer window represents the ideal chance to put the mistakes of the last 12 months to rest; Desmond must act decisively but intelligently.
His money simply has be to be used wisely if Celtic want to usurp Rangers again.