JOHN HARTSON, like many Celtic fans, has now turned his attention to the January transfer window. The club seriously lacks depth in the central area of the pitch, and the issue should be solved at the nearest opportunity.

Ange Postecoglou had one attacking option on his bench for Sunday’s match versus Livingston. Mikey Johnston was available for selection after returning from a long term injury and was used by the manager.

Even though Celtic are struggling with injuries to key players the squad should not be as thin as it is.

After the defeat, the former Celtic striker gave his view on the window which will open in under three months from now;

“Celtic want to win the league, but even if they don’t, I don’t think there will be any panic. The club trust Ange. We can’t put him under pressure after six league games. This club lost the league by 25 points last season and there’s been huge turnover. He needs at least another window.

“It is a transitional period. He needs backing, he needs a good window in January, to keep close to Rangers, to keep the pressure on. I’m sure Ange will highlight what he needs. I can’t say it wasn’t a bad result on Sunday (vs Livingston) – everyone knows it was a bad result. But once Celtic strengthen defensively and get a few players back, I am sure the results will improve.”

Recruitment in every football club is vital. There must be a clear transfer module followed by decision-makers with suitable people employed in roles similar to a Director of Football.

If Celtic are serious about challenging last season’s winners, the club must modernise itself and back the manager. The manager must be given the funds and team to create a title-winning squad.


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