There has never been a deadline day when Celtic have been so well prepared for the remainder of the season. We raided Japan ahead of the transfer window opening, brought in a young Irish striker and last week added central mid Matt O’Riley from MK Dons. Today, the squad is depleted by injury and international absence, but if we add no more, it will still be one of our most memorable transfer windows ever.
Getting some of the well-remunerated squad fillers off the payroll would also help (looking at you, Albian and Vasilis). Both were acquired during lockdown widows, when scouting opportunities were limited. They are better players than we have seen and will hopefully get the chance to prove their worth elsewhere.
I’m still trying to reconcile what we went through on Saturday. Added-time goals in two games changed the landscape incredibly. If we consider Hearts’ missed penalty on Wednesday, the margins of how Celtic have progressed to within two points of the top of the table have never been tighter.
We are in a better place than we have been in months, but we will need to continue to improve if the title is to be won.