Before the opening of this years January transfer window, there was an outcry from the support for new recruits, as there always is. Only this year the requirements were more specific.
A goalie, this was before Craig Gordon’s injury, a right back, centre half and that illusive ‘number 10’ were all on the ‘shopping list’ of the concerned Celtic support.
Along with the customary demand to spend every last penny of any Champions League money, aquiring the players you would like, is not as easy as many think. After all, it’s only a couple of years ago the same support were lambasting Ronny Deila for bring quantity to the club, at the expense of quality.
However, Brendan Rodgers is a different animal in this respect.
He’ll wait and be patient to get who he wants, if at all possible. This was shown with the persuit of the majorly talented Chaly Musonda, who could have been at Paradise in the summer, but for some reason, the deal fell through. His recruitment, all be it on loan for the next eighteen months, goes a long way to filling that ‘number 10‘ role.
Charly was in fact the third player to join the Hoops this window. German international centre back Martin Kommper, joined from RB Leipzig earlier in January but was injured at our training camp in Dubai. St Mirren’s young winger Lewis Morgan also put pen to paper for the Hoops but was immediatley loaned back to the Buddies to continue his development.
That left the right back and goalkeeping positions to fill.
So Brendan went up to Dundee to get Scott Bain and Jack Hendry. Bain, who was out on loan to Hibs after falling out with the odious Neil McCann, has been a target for the Hoops for a while now. He joins on a six month loan deal while his team mate Hendry is here on a more permanent basis after signing a four and a half year deal. His transfer was also a record for the Drak Blues, although not disclosed.
Our failure to take club to near bankruptcy will not go down too well with some of the support, but it looks like the manager has the players in he wants to work with. And I’m sure he’ll know best…
Oh, and Moussa stays….