Brendan Rodgers faces a Europa League dilemma with only three of his four January signings available for the matches with Valencia.
On Thursday night the Hoops secured a loan deal for Jeremy Toljan with Oliver Burke, Timo Weah and Vakoun Issouf Bayo already on board.
The Europa League issue was highlighted by Moravcik 67, who is a Twitter guru of UEFA rules and regulations with his understanding of coefficients second to none.
With the signing of Jeremey Toljan comes a dilemma. Registration of our squad for the remainder of the European campaign game has to be done by midnight tomorrow. We can add 3 new players to the squad. That means that one of Weah, Burke, Bayo or Toljan has to miss out.
— Moravcik67 (@Moravcik67_) January 31, 2019
Already on the score sheet for Celtic, Weah and Burke seem certain to be added to the UEFA squad with just three matches to go before Valencia visit Celtic Park.
Toljan is the highest profile signing made by Rodgers during the transfer window and seems likely be involved in the next couple of matches even if Sunday’s game against St Johnstone comes too soon.
With that process completed, Bayo is probably the likeliest to miss out – leaving Burke and Odsonne Edouard as the striking options.
Clearly Celtic’s priority is to secure an eighth successive title with progress in the Europa League a bonus rather than a necessity.
Rodgers got what he was looking for in terms of attacking options during the January window but defensively the Hoops look light especially with Filip Benkovic and Dedryck Boyata both out injured.
Getting Toljan up and running is a priority. If the German goes straight into the side Mikael Lustig becomes an option in central defence.