A jaded Celtic lead the field

At a strategy meeting, last November Brendan Rodgers stated his concern that the form of his team could dip in the last month of 2017.

His reasoning was that the same thing had happened in December 2016.

Because of European commitments Celtic play far more games than any other side in Scotland.

Therefore, as the year ends fatigue plays a part.

However, in the invincible season, the Irishman had kept his Bhoys going at a relentless intensity.

The defeat to Hearts and the draw with Sevco are indicative of a squad running on fumes.

Unlike the impoverished “rivals” across the city, Celtic are in funds.

Moreover, the Champions are likely to bring in substantial cash from players departing.

As reports are already indicating there is interest in Jozo Šimunović.

Stuart Armstrong may also bring in offers.

Erik Sviatchenko is clearly not in the plans and a break-even transfer fee should be forthcoming.

Liam Henderson deserves first-team football elsewhere and will probably move.

A source at Lennox town told me yesterday that Moussa Dembélé has trust issues.

He doesn’t believe in his hamstring.

I’m told that this is very common, the problem is psychological, as the player thinks that the injury will reoccur during a flat out sprint.

If he leaves Celtic in this window then the fee will make someone at Fulham cry for a week.

The sell on fee for Virgil van Dijk is a windfall that will be put to good use.

As many as five players could come in if Rodgers has his way.

The names are already out there with Charlie Musonda of Chelsea being a major target of the Irishman.

An 18-month loan with an option to buy the winger is the preferred deal for Celtic.

Also, don’t be surprised to see Jack Aitchison promoted as Rodgers has high hopes for him.

The Celtic that will take to the field at the end of this month after the winter break could be significantly altered.

 

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