In Focus: Celtic can’t be too selective as January deadline day looms

As reported by The Scotsman, Brendan Rodgers has opened up about Celtic’s lack of transfer activity in the January window so far, believing that the club do need to strengthen in the final few days before the deadline.

What’s the story?

The Hoops have signed just one player for the second half of the season so far this month, defender Marvin Compper, who joined from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

Improving on an already strong side at Scottish Premiership level has proven difficult and the gap between those kind of signings and what the club need to truly compete in Europe is massive.

That’s a problem Brendan Rodgers acknowledged this week, revealing that he could have signed close to 20 players already but has failed to find available talent that will improve his successful first team squad.

As quoted by The Scotsman, the manager said:

For me, we have to strengthen. We have to. There’s no question that’s something we need to do. You’re not just relying on going and paying the money. You need to rely on the timing from the other club so we’re hopeful we can bring in that quality. I could have signed 20 players up until now, or more. I could have changed my whole squad if I wanted to. But I needed to make sure it was the right quality, not just domestically but for any European football we might have further down the line.

With just a few days remaining before the window closes until the summer though, can Celtic afford to be too picky about who they bring into the club?

Priorities

Improving Celtic’s defence certainly feels like a priority, with a lack of quality and cover in the squad across the defensive line.

There’s no direct natural back-up to Kieran Tierney for instance, while Mikael Lustig’s drop in form has caused concern for supporters in recent months. The centre of defence has also been much criticised with fans losing faith in the likes of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic.

It’s hard to imagine there are not quality defenders available to Celtic and while January isn’t the ideal buyer’s market, the Hoops are at risk of stagnating if they don’t fresh up the first team and add some much needed healthy competition.

Can the club deliver on Rodgers’ vision of quality in the final days of the window? If not, perhaps it’s time re-evaluate the strategy in place.