Imagine we were forced to work within our current parameters.
Imagine we were forced to do with what we had for a while.
Could we? Could we maintain a title challenge with the players we’ll have left after our main departures are confirmed, and if we had nothing left to fall back on? Is it possible that Celtic still has enough in the tank – and in the squad?
The question, on the surface, is an easy one to answer; with a resounding “no.”
But is that really the truth of it? Are things as bad as they seem, on the surface?
Now, before I start I am not here to make a case for spending no money and doing nothing with this squad.
Far from it. I think heavy surgery is needed and I hope to God there is a plan for it.
But the hour draws late.
We have pissed about to a ridiculous degree and we’re not done with the pissing about yet. We still seem miles away from having someone in the dugout and the idea that Kennedy and Strachan will take pre-season training appals me.
But there is a kind of assumption that if the season started right now that we would be done for.
Is that the truth though? Or is there a glimmer of hope?
Let’s take a look at the four critical areas of the team and see where we are.