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The 3 Celtic transfer improvements Neil Lennon still needs to address - Monday Jury

Our writers tackle the big issues as club football returns


Shane Duffy got his Celtic career off to a great start in the 5-0 win at Ross County. Does Neil Lennon need to bring in any more signings before the window shuts?

CRAIG SWAN: He needs a left-sided defender/wing back. For depth, a fourth striker if Leigh Griffiths is not going to get himself back to peak. And a second or third pick keeper.

GORDON PARKS: No. The Champions League is now a pipe dream but the quality of player in an already large squad is more than good enough to do the job domestically and have a decent run in the Europa League.

FRASER WILSON: If Odsonne Edouard is still a Celtic player on October 6 then no.

If Celtic are tempted to do business for their star man then the money needs to be reinvested on a goal scorer.

JONATHAN MCFARLANE: Celtic have had a strong summer but if they want to persist with a back three they will need at least one more central-defender to ensure they have adequate cover for the challenges ahead. This is not the season to be caught short.

Ryan Edwards escaped without a booking for the challenge that saw Alfredo Morelos stretchered off at Ibrox but should the Dundee United defender have been sent off?
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CRAIG: It was a hard one for the referee at the time given his angle. Only Edwards will know if he left a foot in deliberately, but where he caught Morelos is usually grounds for a red these days.

GORDON: You’ll have to ask Edwards if there was real intent on the follow-through. As much as the challenge has created a hullabaloo and anger - it’s inconclusive.

FRASER: The follow through is outlawed now so it probably should have been red but it’s very difficult to make that tackle and not follow through a bit. As for the outcry against Kevin Clancy, give me a break. The ref had his line of sight blocked.

JONATHAN: A raging certainty. His intent is impossible to know, but the challenge endangered his opponent and Clancy will have SFA questions to answer given the laws of the game couldn’t be clearer.

Jim Goodwin branded the decision to force St Mirren - without all three goalkeepers due to Covid-19 regulations - to play against Hibs "ridiculous". Do you agree?

CRAIG: Probably yes, but these are ridiculous times. Teams are going to be in this situation all season if we choose to play through the current climate. Others will suffer, too.

GORDON: Every attempt must be made to keep games going ahead as scheduled,

but this was an extreme case and common-sense should have dictated the match being postponed.

FRASER: It’s a real hard one for Goodwin and St Mirren but with the fixture schedule so tight then I have to agree with the SPFL’s decision. Bobby Zlamal was not to blame for St Mirren losing to Hibs anyway.
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JONATHAN: No. With a fixture list that’s packed to bursting point there is no room for manoeuvre. More difficult decisions are likely to lie ahead as a second spike emerges and games must be played if at all possible.

I suspect the Buddies won’t be the only ones to suffer before the season finishes.

Ross McCrorie is off to a flyer in his Aberdeen career - should he be promoted to Steve Clarke's Scotland squad for the upcoming PlayOff semi-final against Israel?

CRAIG: McCrorie has been brilliant for the Dons since arriving and, if he maintains his current form, he should be given the nod for the upcoming games, even though Scotland are well stocked in midfield. He’d also be a better emergency centre-back option than Scott McTominay.

GORDON: No. There are far better options and McCrorie has much to do before he’s even considered for promotion into the Scotland squad. Miles away.

FRASER: The right hand side of Scotland’s defence has given me the fear for too long. Ross McCrorie is bang on form and can play right of a three or even right back. I’d bring him in then you can move McTominay back into midfield.

JONATHAN: He’s had a good start but Scotland are strong in midfield and players like Kenny McLean and Scott McTominay are proven at the highest level. McCrorie is a talented kid who looks to have recovered his spark but he’s still got a long way to go.