There are, as ever, plenty of rumours circulating about our club and the transfer plans for the summer. What will happen? What positions will we be aiming to get stronger in? A lot of the talk revolves around us wanting another striker.
This is intriguing, and some of the names are intriguing. Yesterday’s name, that of Zan Vipotnik, is an interesting one as he’s scored a heck of a lot of goals for someone his age and seems tailor made for Celtic. Who knows if the story is true? It has come from his agent, and that makes me wonder right away if this isn’t just drumming up interest.
But broadly speaking, he fits the profile and ticks all the boxes, so I would not be terribly surprised if there was some truth in this.
What makes it tremendously exciting is that the last two weeks of the campaign prove that we already have two excellent forwards at the club. We all know about Kyogo, but it’s become pretty clear that Hyeon-Gyu Oh is emerging as a major player for us.
I thought he was excellent in the Hibs game, easily the best player in the Celtic side.
He scored one, hit the crossbar and forced an outstanding save from the keeper with a brilliant piece of footwork in the box. He was superb against Aberdeen after coming on, and he took his tally to seven goals.
He’s hit his stride. Next season, I expect him to be a sensation.
This makes the quest to find a third great striker for us more than a little intriguing. Ange clearly does plan on putting us on a whole other level season and that’s already evident in the way he’s talking.
Even if we lose key players, the idea that will, to borrow a Johnsonian phrase (the handful of right-wingers, I know you’ll appreciate this) “build back better” leaves me with no concerns at all on that front.
We will be stronger next season than we’ve ended this one.
Which should be vaguely terrifying for those sides which are going to have to line up against us.
We almost shattered all the records this season, and although Ange only cares about the end result and what goes in the trophy cabinet the signs are that we’re planning on being even more ruthless and dangerous in the next campaign.
If we’re signing a striker to add to the firepower … Good God.
How are the rest of the teams in the league going to cope when they are struggling to contain us right now? This is clearly a measure for Europe as well as the domestic game … and I can’t wait to see where we go with it.