Celtic looking to build for the future with Manchester duo
It looks like while many clubs are building a team for the here and now to try to stop Celtic from winning nine in a row, by throwing everything including the kitchen sink at it, the Scottish champions are already looking to the future.
Much has been written, there’s been plenty of criticism levelled at Neil Lennon, Peter Lawwell and the Celtic board over the delays and long drawn out processes during this transfer window - but with the transfer window closing at midnight tonight, Celtic are ramping up the deals.
They have already loaned out the likes of Ewan Henderson, Anthony Ralston and Jack Aitchison to give them much needed first team football. And after the capture of Luca Connell and Jonathan Afolabi this summer to go along with the likes of Armstrong Oko Flex and Karamoko Dembele in the club’s reserve side already, the future looks bright for the next generation of Celtic players.
But rather than resorting to short-termism, the Celtic hierarchy [free from Lee Congerton’s League One level scouting] have targeted Manchester duo Lee O’Connor and Jeremie Frimpong from United and City respectively.
19-year-old O’Connor has been with the Old Trafford side since 2016, impressing at youth level and securing a place in the club’s Champions League squad last season having played over 100 times for United’s youth side.
While Frimpong, in the last year of his deal at City, rejected a take it or leave it deal with the Premier League champions in a quest to find first team football.
And after spending three years at the Etihad and after impressing Celtic’s scouts, it looks like Frimpong could be another arrival at Celtic Park if deals can be done in time ahead of the midnight deadline.
Even the failed transfer of David Turnbull signalled a clear intent from Celtic early on, they were not happy with just looking to players for this season, but for the next few seasons and it is certainly a massive change in direction to that under Brendan Rodgers and Lee Congerton - whose signings were less than impressive to say the least.
Even if the deals for O’Connor and Frimpong don’t manage to get over the line come tonight’s deadline, I am still enthused by Celtic’s strategy that was clearly binned under Rodgers and his weaselly pal Congerton.