Celtic manager Neil Lennon is planning on making at least six signings in the summer transfer windows as he looks to strengthen all areas of his squad. They have been brilliant throughout the campaign and are atop the league table. The Hoops currently have a 13-point lead over second-placed Rangers. However, Lennon believes that there is still room for improvement.
The report claims that the club’s number one priority is to sign a new left-back when the season ends. Lennon wants to find a replacement for Kieran Tierney, who was sold to Arsenal for £25million last summer.
In addition to a new left-back, Celtic are also looking to sign a goalkeeper, a centre-back, a central midfielder, an attacking midfielder and a centre-forward.
In this article, we will have a look at some of the players that Celtic could sign in the summer.
10. Fraser Forster
In Fraser Forster, Celtic boast one of the best goalkeepers in the country. However, the 32-year-old is only loan at the Hoops from Southampton until the end of the season. Celtic will try their best to make this movement permanent in the summer.
Since rejoining Celtic last summer, 32-year-old Forster has kept an impressive 17 clean sheets in 39 league and cup appearances for the Scottish champions. Indeed, he has only conceded 28 goals, and Celtic fans are desperate to see him signed.
It all depends on Southampton’s asking price, and whether Forster will take a pay cut.
9. Scott Hogan
Celtic boss Neil Lennon is looking to add to his attacking options in the January transfer window and Scott Hogan would be a relatively cheap option for the Parkhead club. Hogan joined Aston Villa back in 2017, but following the club’s return to the Premier League this season he has found his opportunities limited
The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Championship side Stoke City, but the Potters are willing to let him leave to join another club as he is reportedly no longer part of Michael O’Neill’s plans.
A loan deal at Celtic could be a good move for both parties.
8. Jordan Ibe
Jordon Ibe’s career has been a strange tale. From becoming Wycombe’s youngest ever player to appear in the Football League, it’s been a story of success followed by immediate failure.
A change of scenery could be exactly what he needs and Celtic may be the side to hand him that opportunity. The Bhoys have been tracking him since last year but are still keeping tabs on the winger after it was revealed by Football Insider that he’d walk out of Bournemouth when his contract expires in the summer.
Currently on £40k a week, there are clear sticking points. That’s a huge sum of money for a clearly troubled individual. A similar pay packet north of the border would also be a lot for someone who hasn’t contributed to a goal all term.
However, at his age, there is still a bright future in the game, particularly if he continues to thrive in one area.
7. Jeff Hendrick
The former Derby County man has established himself as one of Burnley’s key midfielders in the last four seasons.
Burnley have opened talks with central midfielder Hendrick over a new deal, but with other clubs swooping the 28-year-old might make the decision to exit the Clarets. He’s played over 100 games under Sean Dyche after switching from Derby in 2016.
Thus, Lennon must try to lure him as he still has a lot more to offer at a higher level. He could replace the ageing Scott Brown.