Date: 1st August 2021 at 11:47am
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As the Celtic fans pick up the pieces to an opening league campaign to Hearts at Tynecastle last night, the clear and obvious need for not only centre backs but a striker as well has never been so apparent.

With the Hoops dominating the entire match and coming away with nothing, nineteen attempts on target and only one goal to show for it shows that the forward line needs a serious revamp as Odsonne Edouard seems to have chucked it altogether.

Speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard, trusted journalist Stephen McGowan has said that he believes things will improve and listed off key positions where he knows Celtic are looking to strengthen before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

McGowan referenced Celtic’s transfer business in January and how they exposed a real weakness in the back four by allowing two key players leave at the same time, “It doesn’t diminish the fact that Jeremie Frimpong left at the end of January then El Hamed went quite some time ago as well.

“And inexplicably Celtic don’t have a permanent right back. It doesn’t detract from the fact they have failed to strengthen in adequate numbers in centre half.

“So there are clear and obvious failings there.  Things probably will get better.

“They’re going to try and get in a right back as a priority. They are trying to get in Aurelio Buta from Royal Antwerp although that does seem to have stalled.

“They’re trying to get defensive midfielder and I think they’ll try to get in another centre half on loan. Joe Hart looks like it’s well down the line and Dermot Desmond appears to have taken a personal interest in that.

“And if Brighton come and solidify their interest and make an acceptable offer for Odsonne Edouard, because they are definitely in for him, they end up needing  another striker as well.

“So there are players still to come in. The problem is, time is the enemy.

“We keep saying he (Postecoglou)  needs time. The one thing you don’t get at Celtic is time.  But that wont really rebound to Ange Postecoglou because nobody’s going to blame him.

“Nobody thinks he is to blame for this situation. I think the blame, if there is such a thing goes higher up the food chain.”

So although the here and now looks bleak, at least there are plans in place to strengthen the team in the coming month. The only problem Ange Postecoglou has is the fixtures are coming thick and fast and he NEEDS to start securing positive results to show the fans signs of real progress on the park.