Despite scoring an incredible twelve goals in the opening two SPFL fixtures, ex-Celtic star Davie Provan is adamant that the Hoops are currently weaker than last season.
The former winger cited the club’s recruits in the backline this summer as evidence. He doesn’t believe Christopher Jullien, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo and Hatem Abd Elhamed have improved the squad:
“Celtic are currently weaker than they were last season. You can’t tell me Boli Bolingoli, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Christopher Jullien are an upgrade on Tierney, Mikael Lustig and Filip Benkovic.”
“If the board are serious about Europe and crushing a league challenge from Rangers, the transfer market is the only place to show it.”
It is a bit early in the season to judge whether the clubs’ summer recruits are a downgrade, but there have been concerns raised, particularly regarding Bolingoli-Mbombo.
The Scottish champions are, though, said to be lining up another left-back as they look to replace Kieran Tierney. Manager Neil Lennon has stated that he is seeking up to five new signings before the September 2nd deadline.
Whether he’ll get that many in through the door, it remains to be seen, but supporters will be expecting the club to spend big after receiving £25m from Tierney’s sale.