Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy has confirmed that the Hoops are expecting to bring in a few new players to freshen up Neil Lennon’s squad this summer.

Speaking on an interview with Clyde 1’s Superscoreboard, as cited by the Evening Express, Kennedy also confirmed that members of the club’s scouting and coaching staff have spent their unexpected break watching clips of potential targets, although he admitted that the club don’t know exactly when the summer transfer window will open and close, which makes things a bit trickier.

He said:

Every year we want to bring a couple of fresh faces in to give us a lift and try and strengthen the areas we think we can improve, and that will be no different this year. It will be more challenging because we don’t know the state of the transfer market yet, we don’t know when the transfer windows will run but we have spent this time at home looking at potential players who could come in and improve the squad. Our scouts have been spending a lot of time working from home on that as well. There has been a lot of dialogue with them and there’s still a lot of planning in place, but we just have to wait and see how that materialises.

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It’s great to see that, as things stand, Celtic have positioned themselves in a way where they should be relatively stable throughout this period of uncertainty. Scottish football has been littered with examples of poor ownership and management of finances throughout the years, so it’s a credit to those in charge that Celtic, whilst taking a big financial blow, will still be in a position to operate at some level of normality.

In terms of transfers, Celtic will need to figure out a few things, such as who will be their number one goalkeeper next season, but it looks like the scouts and coaches are already well ahead of the curve when it comes to identifying targets.