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Nick Hammond, Peter Lawwell and Neil Lennon are going to have a monumental job on their hands in January.
This Celtic team is 13 points off the pace of the SPFL and surely things will not improve unless there is a general change.
At the moment, it looks like Lennon will remain as coach, but it’s obvious from his league placement that they need a new playing staff.
Celtic could, of course, generate cash by selling players like Kristoffer Ajer. linked with Milan, but they must balance things cautiously. They can’t afford to lose all their star men in the same window.
A man who has been linked with departure is Olivier Ntcham. If that happens, then Celtic will need another midfielder.
That could be Manchester United misfit Jesse Lingard, someone interesting Celtic and Rangers. The offensive midfielder is currently valued at £ 9 million via Transfer market But if the Hoops wait until next summer, they will be able to sign him on a free transfer when his contract at Old Trafford expires.
Should Celtic sign Jesse Lingard in January?
A gamer who has become something of a social media scapegoat in England, he is still a tricky gamer and has a host of qualities that resemble Kris Commons when playing the famous green and white.
Speaking about Lingard previously, former midfielder Michael Carrick famous: “He moves very well with the ball. It’s something that sounds simple enough, but it’s hard to defend yourself. “
Carrick continued: “How he plays, he’s unique in some ways. You don’t see much of that in the game as everyone wants to catch the ball and do something with it. Off the ball, he’s very effective. “
A clearer indication of the similarities between Lingard and Commons can be gleaned from the statistics. During the latter’s last four years at Celtic, he achieved an average of 2.4 shots, 1.7 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game.
Lingard, by comparison, produced 2.8 shots per game in the 2015/16 Europa League. In last season’s continental competition he recorded 1.8 shots. There were fewer key passes, 0.8, but his dribbling over the years is very similar to Commons’. 0.7 per game.
Of course, the Englishman does not find the network on a regular basis but when he played a level below the Premier League he scored six times and provided three assists in just 13 games for Birmingham.
This bodes well for a possible move to Celtic. Hammond could find an absolute bargain here, as well as bringing back the qualities of one of the Bhoys’ best midfielders of the last decade.
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