As reported by the BBC, former Celtic hero Kris Commons has criticised the club for their first bit of January business, signing Marvin Compper from German side RB Leipzig.
Commons is never shy with his opinions and having made the transition from playing career to punditry this season, is in a pretty unique position to comment on Celtic having been embedded within that club for the past few years, including under Brendan Rodgers.
Interesting then that his take on the Marvin Compper signing is not exactly dripping with positivity.
As quoted by the BBC, the former Hoops star said:
I find it strange Celtic have signed a defender who is 32. When they are over 30, there are a few doubts in terms of ‘how long have they got?’ and their fitness levels. Is he going to be sharp enough? He is a big boy. Celtic need an experienced defender for European competition, but this guy coming in is not eligible to play in Europe. And he is 32. How long is he going to play? Three years? If he doesn’t hit the ground running, they are going to be looking for a new centre-half in the summer.
While it’s true that the German defender is ineligible for the upcoming clash with FC Zenit in the UEFA Europa League, Compper still has plenty to offer Celtic in the short and long-term and basing their entire January business around one fixture would never have been a good idea.
Some of Commons’ criticism also took aim at the defender’s age, but his experience should be seen as a benefit to Celtic, not a hindrance or a potential problem.
With close to 300 professional appearances for notable clubs in Germany and Italy, he potentially has what it takes to add a bit of composure to a pretty young Celtic defence that can sometimes look overwhelmed under pressure despite possessing individual ability.
Brendan Rodgers will be taking a look ahead towards the summer qualifiers and bedding Compper in during the upcoming six months means he’ll be up to speed for those critical fixtures.
Domestically too, Celtic badly need help at the back to ensure more points aren’t dropped in their quest to retain the Scottish Premiership title.
Fans will be hoping that Commons’ comments prove to be wide of the mark in the coming months.