Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he was happy with the club’s business during the January transfer window, despite starting the month hoping to bring in a few more signing.
The winter market can be a challenge with clubs looking to keep hold of their key stars midway through the campaign, and while he would have preferred to bring in some more experienced players, he was aware it would always be a struggle:
“I’m happy with the ins. We’ve streamlined a little bit as well, players who needed to get games. So the squad is strong. If we keep everybody fit and we get a few back as well, we’re going to be stronger. We’ll need that for February as it’s a busy month.”
“You are always looking but January is a very difficult month. There wasn’t a lot of business done overall so I’m happy with the squad. I wasn’t disappointed (not to bring in experience). You don’t get your hopes up, put it that way. You look and shop around but clubs want to hold onto their players and players have their own agendas.”
Celtic’s two signings, Patryk Klimala and Ismaila Soro, are ones for the future rather than being players who can make an instant impact in the first team straight away. Lennon also confirmed that he stayed late on transfer deadline day in the hope of making a third addition.
However, there were no further incomings with reports suggesting that the Hoops had opened talks with Newcastle over recruiting Christian Atsu, only for the Ghanaian to decide that he wanted to stay on Tyneside.