How will Celtic spend their summer?
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Celtic Football Club has hoovered up the Scottish Premiership eight times in a row. Rangers' financial fall from grace certainly played its part. Will Hoops fans care? Not one bit.
With Neil Lennon now confirmed as the manager for the 19/20 campaign, the Bhoys can remain firmly fixated on their summer transfer plans. Celtic will obviously be looking to defend their champion-status once more, while nudging ever-closer to winning ten league crowns consecutively - a feat they almost achieved in the late 60s/early 70s when they managed to lift nine league titles on the spin before being denied at the final hurdle.
Stateside, they say defence wins championships... well Celtic have work aplenty to do in that regard. Dedryck Boyata has left for Hertha Berlin on a free transfer. Club icon Emilio Izaguirre has also walked. Cristian Gamboa is another defender who is out the exit door for nothing and Hoops legend Mikael Lustig could also follow suit although there's a new deal on the table. Right-back Jeremy Toljan has headed back to parent club Borussia Dortmund, leaving 20-year-old Anthony Ralston as the only realistic option on the right side of the defence. He has eight Celtic appearances to his name...
Toulouse centre-half Christopher Jullien has been touted as a potential defensive incoming, with the 26-year-old valued at around £10million. The path to his signature won't be an easy one as Celta Vigo are also keen. Bolton's Luca Connell is another name linked. He can play centre-back, but the Liverpool-born 18-year-old is better suited to the holding midfield role. Chelsea's Tomas Kalas is a potential new arrival too.
Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor is another name linked with a Celtic Park switch, although Rangers are also keen so Lennon will have to act quickly. If Lustig does indeed depart from Glasgow, don't be surprised to see the Hoops make a hefty splash in the right-back position too.
He captioned this video with a single 🍀
If it is goodbye, what a servant he's been to the club. Eight incredible seasons of domestic dominance, eight incredible titles in a row. You'll be missed by us all ☹️
Lustig, you're the one 💚 https://t.co/REGDnjPq9D
Midfielder Scott Allan has walked away from Parkhead for good after three consecutive seasons out on loan, while 22-year-old right-midfielder Oliver Burke has headed back to parent club West Bromwich Albion. Celtic has agreed a deal to sign Motherwell's super-talented David Turnbull, which could spell the end for either Tom Rogic or Callum McGregor. Bhoys fans will also be hoping that Oliver Ntcham stays in Glasgow, although reported interest from France could throw a real spanner in the works. If the 23-year-old does head for pastures new, Celtic may be forced into adding another body in midfield.
Youngster Timothy Weah has left Celtic Park, heading back to Paris Saint-Germain. When you couple that with the fact that Leigh Griffiths endured a stop-start campaign, Lennon could well be looking to add a new front-man. Odsonne Edouard cannot do it all on his own, which would explain the reported interest in Daniel Sturridge who has left Liverpool on a free transfer this summer. Another name linked is Alaves striker Patrick Twumasi.
Change is happening at Celtic and this squad could need further surgery should the brilliant Kieran Tierney leave during this window. With Rangers continually closing the gap, Lennon has to keep on top of things and ensure that it's his side celebrating once again in twelve months' time. That's easier said than done with such a high turnover of players, particularly if the Hoops have aspirations of making it into the Champions League group stage...