Celtic look set for a summer of transfer spending, with Neil Lennon making clear that the club will be rebuilding the first-team squad, as reported by The Daily Record.
With Jeremy Toljan, Timo Weah, Oliver Burke and Filip Benkovic all heading back to their parent clubs, that’s four players that need replacing before you even start looking at others.
Dedryck Boyata also seems to be on his way out with his contract expiring.
With other ageing members of the squad, Lennon has likened this period to the end of the Martin O’Neill era in 2005 when Gordon Strachan had to come in that summer and make a raft of changes.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the Hoops boss said:
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.
Whether Lennon is in charge of this new cycle at Celtic remains to be seen, but given he has been so heavily involved in preparations for the summer it seems likely at this point.
He’s already admitted he’s held discussions on players with Lee Congerton and Peter Lawwell ahead of the close season.
Celtic are in a very strong financial position and with a number of stars coming off the wage bill then we have the scope to add real quality to the first-team squad whether under Lennon or a new manager.
Rangers have big plans to stop nine in a row, but we’re likely to push the boat out to ensure it’s delivered.
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