Kris Commons: As the title chase is over after the loss at Rangers, Celtic does not spend big in January.


Kris Commons advised Celtic not to dump millions down the drain because Rangers have little hope of regaining the lead in the league.

The Hoops have spent about £14 million this summer on costly new signings such as Vasilis Barkas, Albian Ajeti and an expensive loan of Shane Duffy. Yet most of the new signings so far have largely been ineffective.

Christopher Jullien has picked up a knee injury that is likely to hold him out of action for up to four months, and Commons is conscious that he needs defensive reinforcements. But he hopes that Neil Lennon won’t invest unnecessarily to get the Celts back in this month’s title race, because that’s too late.

In his Daily Mail column, ex-Celtic ace Commons wrote, “With the injury to Christopher Jullien, I can understand the need to try and find a replacement at center back,” “But it will not make much difference in terms of this season. After Saturday’s outcome, the race for the title is all but over.

Even though, from now until the end of the season, Celtic literally win every single game, it could still not be enough. They could win their remaining three games, which would cut the gap down to 10 points.

If they defeated Rangers in their other two Old Firm games, and that’s a major if, of course, they’d still be four points behind.

Celtic rely on Rangers to sneak into two more games, while they have to win every single game between now and the end of the season, literally. I understand very well that this month the club would like to make a statement and refresh the squad.

But the harm has been done already. The title of the championship is gone and I will be very cautious of the club now resorting to some more last-minute panic buying.

“In the past, they did it all too much. For years, recruitment at Celtic Park has been utterly chaotic.

“Last summer, it happened with Shane Duffy as well. After the disastrous Champions League exit against Ferencvaros, he was a desperation purchase to please angry fans. He doesn’t even get a game now. In central defense, Nir Bitton – actually a midfielder – plays ahead of him. That’s just not the answer, as we saw on Saturday.

Two other recent arrivals are Albian Ajeti and Vasilis Barkas, who actually don’t have what it takes. A combined £ 10 million was invested by Celtic on both of them.

For far too long, this has been the issue. It is these short-term, short-sighted impulse purchases that the board wants to turn to in order to save face and be able to say they’re saving money.

“No one doubts that money has been invested by Celtic. The question is just how they spent it. They threw millions of kilos down the drain.


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