Celtic might have wrapped up the Premiership title by securing a win in the Old Firm derby, but the fact of the matter remains that the Hoops will have to go through a major rebuilding phase in the upcoming summer. Given the number of players who are going to be out of contract and are on loan, the club has already started planning for the next summer transfer window.
Lennon recently said (Daily Record), ”It is a rebuilding job. No question about that. There is a lot of work that needs to be done. Hopefully, with the [league] lead that we have, we can start to plan a little bit more and be a little more forceful on it. It was a rebuild [in 2005] and I think we need a bit of rebuild again. It is reminiscent.”
We carried out an article not too long ago where we explained how the club could go on to lose as many as 11 players in the summer. There are quite a few players who are currently out of contract and losing them won’t be a big problem for the Hoops. However, the on-loan players who have contributed massively will definitely need replacing.
Dedryck Boyata, Oliver Burke, Filip Benkovic, Scott Sinclair, Mikael Lustig are currently important members of the first team and as things stand, the Bhoys are going to lose all of them. Along with that, they are going to lose quite a few backup players like Emilio Izaguirre and Cristian Gamboa as well. Therefore one can understand why Lennon wants to be forceful in the upcoming transfer window.
Celtic missed out on signing the likes of John McGinn and Scott McKenna last summer and it was thought that Celtic were too lackadaisical in their approach of the two players. Well, that could be about to change in the upcoming window as the club needs to go through a major rebuilding phase.
With Lennon openly discussing future transfer plans, we think that the 47-year-old is more or less certain now to take up the top job at Parkhead. One cannot blame the board as the manager hasn’t done anything wrong since he took over and even though Rodgers left the club in a lurch, Lennon has handled the situation well.
Also, Celtic should have enough money to play with in the summer as they didn’t spend much after selling Dembele for £20m in August last year. The club also managed to get a more than decent enough compensation of £9m from Leicester City after the departure of Rodgers.