The fact that I’ve reached part four of what has become a series of blogs shows the extent of the rebuilding going on at Celtic. And I believe that Neil Lennon is not finished with his buying spree just yet.
We’ve had players on trial and come close to securing the likes of Craig Bellamy, Sol Campbell and David James before they went elsewhere. But we have also secured the services of several first team players in important positions.
Three more players with international experience have joined the club recently.
Beram Kayal made an impressive debut against Utrecht. The 22 year old midfielder joined on a four year deal from Maccabi Haifa, where he had come up through the youth ranks. He is an Israeli international with 13 caps to his name so far, and has become a regular for his national team.
Kayal seemed to be very much at home in his new surroundings on Thursday night, winning tackles and playing some accurate forward balls. It would be wrong to go overboard on the basis of one start, but the early signs are that he will be a good addition to the new look midfield.
Central defender Daniel Majstorovic signed from AEK Athens on a two year deal, and also made his debut against Utrecht. He is exactly the type of commanding centre back that has been missing for so long, and will add steel to the defence. He will also provide a good role model for the younger defenders at the club.
Swedish international Majstorovic has 35 international caps, and also great European club experience, having played with FC Twente in Holland and Basel of Switzerland before his move to Greece. He is a threat in the opposition penalty area and has scored at a rate of 1 in 7 through his career to date. He is also known as a reliable penalty taker.
Honduras left back Emilio Izaguirre became the ninth signing of the summer when he joined on a four-year deal from Motagua in the Honduran League. The 24 year old was a regular for his country at the recent 2010 World Cup in South Africa and can also play in a more advanced role.
Left backs. You wait for years and then two come along at once.
A goalkeeper is likely to be the next to join, with rumours of a loan deal for Irish international Shay Given abounding. Given has lost his first team place at Manchester City and wants to play regularly. A keeper of his experience would be a fine addition to the first team. As a replacement for Artur Boruc.
Another central defender could also join, with long term target Ivan Ramis of Real Mallorca and Notts Forest’s Kelvin Wilson still in the frame.
And another striker could come in too. There are suggestions of ongoing negotiations with an international class goalscorer and, intriguingly, the famous number 7 jersey is still available.
Wholesale change was required when Neil Lennon took over following last season’s debacle. Our new manager is now well on the way to making the squad his, and I am optimistic for the season ahead.
The transfer window will closed in ten days – or should that be slam shut? Then it will be time to see exactly what the exciting group if players that Lennon has brought together can achieve.