This is what Celtic must do to ensure Europa League dream is not short-lived
Celtic’s surprisingly poor performance against Anderlecht seemed to reveal a few home truths about the Scottish Premiership leaders, who are 67 domestic games undefeated.
The timid nature of the 1-0 loss to a team who hadn’t won a single Champions League match this season would be extremely alarming to manager Brendan Rodgers, as the Hoops prepare for Europa League last 32 football.
The Bhoys aren’t seeded in the Europa League draw that takes place later this month, meaning that there is a real chance that the Scottish champions could be handed a very difficult tie against the likes of Atletico Madrid or Arsenal.
That makes the need to go out and make big signings in January all the more vital. In recent times the only ‘marquee’ signing made by Celtic has been Olivier Ntcham, bought for over £4million from Manchester City in the summer but inexplicably dropped last night.
The player proved his worth after coming on at half-time but it’s players of his quality that are needed, particularly in defence for the Hoops to have any chance of making a decent run at the Europa League. A new centre-back and cover for Kieran Tierney at left-back would be ideal in the short-term.
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The time for signing projects is over, Brendan Rodgers has to demand to the Hoops board that any players bought in January will go straight into the first-team.
In other Celtic news, Scott Brown was brutally honest after the loss to Anderlecht