Celtic may have spent more time fending off reports of imminent exits at Parkhead over the last weeks than pursuing possible incomings, but they are in the market for new recruits.
They consider the acquisition of fresh faces to be a top priority, with there little they can do about the speculation suggesting sales could be on the cards.
Ronny Deila has made it clear that he intends to keep all of his key men, so it is now up to his board to make that happen.
That will free him to step up his efforts to bolster his ranks and keep the Hoops on course to defend their Scottish Premiership crown.
Assistant manager John Collins believes the competitive nature of that particular battle, with Dundee United and Aberdeen also in the mix, along with injury problems in Glasgow makes it imperative that Celtic add during the winter window.
He said in the Daily Record on the title race and January deals: “It may well do (go down to the wire). Our aim is to win it as quickly as possible, that would be the ideal scenario.
“We have a good squad and hopefully we will add to it this month and it will get even better. We have had bad injuries. As clubs you go through that and we have suffered with that.”
He is, however, already part of their plans and greater depth is required.
Dundee United’s Stuart Armstrong is considered to be a top target while several players in Scottish top-flight and English Football League are reported to be under consideration.