Former Celtic winger Davie Provan has slammed the Hoops’ lack of business so far in the January transfer window.
The Bhoys have only signed two players so far – centre-back Marvin Compper and winger Lewis Morgan – and Morgan won’t be arriving at the club until the summer as he has went back to St Mirren on-loan for the rest of the season.
Provan is concerned at the lack of signings and believes that more need to be made or the Scottish champions can forget about an extended run in the Europa League, when that competition resumes next month.
“If the recent Old Firm game told us anything, it’s that this Hoops side needs an overhaul if they’re to be serious Europa League contenders” Provan said, as quoted in the Scottish Sun.
“Sure, they’re still coasting towards another domestic championship but that shouldn’t be enough to satisfy anyone at Celtic Park. Europe is the only place serious football clubs judge themselves.
“But what’s the point in making the Europa League if you’re not serious about competing? For long enough (Celtic chief executive Peter) Lawwell has claimed every penny the club earns goes straight back in to the club.
“He might be right but it sure as hell isn’t going back into the team.”
The Hoops face Russian side Zenit in the last 32 of the Europa League, as the Bhoys have advanced to European football after Christmas for the first time since Ronny Deila’s side lost 4-3 on aggregate to Inter at the same stage of the Europa League in 2015.
Before those games, the Scottish Premiership league leaders face a busy domestic schedule as they make their way back from their winter break in Dubai, beginning with the start of the defence of the Scottish Cup they won so dramatically last season in a home tie against Championship strugglers Brechin City.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are missing the guile of Tom Rogic