Celtic fans should be very pleased, despite slow start to transfer window

Charly Musonda of Celtic is seen during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park on January 30, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Had you offered the five new player arrivals to Celtic fans before the start of the window, most would have taken it.

Charly Musonda of Celtic is seen during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park on January 30, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Over the course of the January transfer window there was much discussion over Celtic's acquisition strategy. 

The Scottish giants announced the signing of RB Leipzig's Marvin Compper, 32, prior to the start of the window, while St Mirren's bright Scottish prospect Lewis Morgan, 21, was brought in early in the month


Celtic subsequently landed Chelsea's Charly Musonda on an 18-month loan deal, and that was that as far as transfers in, until the final hours of the window when they pulled off a magnificent double capture of Jack Hendry and Scott Bain from Dundee.

Before the window opened there were two clear priorities for Celtic: bring in an experienced centre-back and keep hold of Moussa Dembele.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrates with teammate Kieran Tierney after he scores his team's third goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Heart of Midlothian at...

With the club having managed to successfully hold on to the Frenchman, who looked back to his best on Tuesday in a 3-1 win over Hearts, they will have achieved both these things, and they can count themselves happy.

The comparison between Celtic and Rangers is never going to go away. Graeme Murty has been hard at work the entire window and, to his credit, has managed to attract some high profile signings.

With Celtic's cross-city rivals bringing so many new faces in, it was expected that their lack of activity would be scrutinised ever more heavily, but people should quickly be reminded that Celtic were the treble winners last season and had an 11-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership going into the winter break.

The rest of the league, including Rangers, are very much playing catch up with Rodgers' men and therefore it should come as no surprise that the rest of the league require more new faces than Celtic.

Leipzig's German defender Marvin Compper scores with his head during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Augsburg and RB Leipzig in Augsburg, southern Germany,...

Admittedly, Compper is both ineligible to play for Celtic in Europe and has also picked up an injury before getting the chance to make his debut, but this does not mean he is a bad singing. Kristoffer Ajer, Jozo Simunovic and Dedryk Boyata are all worthy of a starting place at their best and, when Compper regains fitness, the club will have four decent defenders all competing for a starting position. 

Compper's experienced head should also be greatly beneficial to the likes of Simunovic, 23, and Ajer, 19, who will have much to learn from the German veteran. 

However, with Hendry joining on deadline day, the club now have an additional centre-back option when it comes to Europe, which should make up for Erik Sviatchenko's departure to FC Midtjylland. 

The signing of Morgan is a typical Celtic purchase, buying up the young talents around the country. It remains to be seen whether he has a future at Celtic Park, however, there is no doubt that he has the potential to thrive if the right opportunity is presented. 

Finally, Celtic's capture of Charly Musonda is a massive statement of intent, and the 21-year-old Belgian will add bags of quality to the Celtic attack. 

Patrick Roberts of Celtic celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between RSC Anderlecht and Celtic FC at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on...

Patrick Roberts may or may not have a future at Celtic Park when his loan deal from Manchester City expires at the end of the season but, with Musonda now on the books, the Hoops have well and truly prepared for life without their exciting City wide man. 

The only real concern now for Celtic, should they hold onto Moussa Dembele, is their current goalkeeping situation. 

Craig Gordon, 35, was injured in last weekend's clash against Hibs and is set to miss 12 weeks of football. Dorus De Vries is by all means a worthy deputy, however, with the club's third choice 'keeper Conor Hazard out on loan to Falkirk, the club were definitely short of options between the sticks. 

Having managed to land a back-up to De Vries in the dying moments of the window, they can be mightily pleased with their activity this January. 

Bain, 26, who joins on loan from Dundee, brings some decent experience with over 200 Scottish league games under his belt (108 of these in the top flight).

Looking at the positives, however, the club now have a chance to experience life after Gordon, who, at 35, is not likely to be around for too many more years, especially considering his track record of injuries.  

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