'Catastrophic window' - Sutton: Celtic fans are wrong to slam Rodgers for January action
Former Celtic and England striker Chris Sutton says that the club’s fans are wrong to be criticising either the board or manager Brendan Rodgers for the lack of activity in the transfer market.
Since the January window opened at the turn of the year, the Hoops have seen just two new faces through the door, with centre back Marvin Compper arriving from RB Leipzig and Lewis Morgan joining from St Mirren, only to be loaned immediately back.
However, while Sutton understands the frustrations fans might be feeling when seeing their league rivals strengthen, he states that the club are operating at a different level and must be patient to secure the quality they need to improve Rodgers’ current squad.
The former striker also said that he has been impressed with the attitude of Moussa Dembele during January, and is quietly confident that he will remain at Celtic Park once the window closes despite rumours of interest from other clubs.
He wrote in his column for the Daily Record: “There is clearly a bit of frustration at the lack of activity so far from their club with the only real chat being about departures.
“If it is real quality the Celtic fans are hoping to land, there has to be an acceptance it may well go right to the last day.
“It’s a game of chess and a game of patience which, in fact, may also have an effect on Celtic when it comes to players going out.
“Dembele has failed to hit the heights but, although it would still not be a catastrophic window for Celtic if he goes, I’m not convinced it’s going to happen.
“The time for recrimination, anger or questioning of policy can only come on February 1. Not before.”
Celtic will return to action after their winter break with their fourth round Scottish cup clash against Scottish Championship side Brechin, having been held to a 0-0 draw by Glasgow rivals Rangers in their last match.
In other Celtic transfer news, the club are keen on securing a deal for an attacking giant this month.