John Barnes makes worrying prediction about Celtic's January transfer plans

Jul 1999:  Celtic head coach John Barnes and Terry McDermott during their pre-season tour of Norway. \ Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic are looking at a number of targets, including West Brom winger Oliver Burke and PSG forward Timothy Weah.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League Qualifier between Celtic and Alashkert FC  at Celtic Park on July 18, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brendan Rodgers made it clear after the worrying 1-0 defeat to Rangers that January signings are a must.

The weaknesses in Celtic’s squad were brutally exposed by a tough-tackling and forward-thinking Rangers side who were more than deserving of their victory at Ibrox. As a result, the Scottish Premiership champions are expected to make a number of moves this month.

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The Express have reported that the £15 million West Brom flop Oliver Burke is a target while PSG’s highly-rated USA international Timothy Weah has also been tipped to join on loan, via the Daily Record.

 

But, speaking to the Express, former Celtic manager John Barnes has issued a worrying claim about Celtic’s transfer plans.

“The question is whether Celtic can actually get better players than they already heave,” said the former Liverpool and England winger, who had a dreadful spell in charge of Celtic from 1999 to 2000.

“I don’t think top young players in the Premier League are going to leave to go to Scotland now.”

Jul 1999:  Celtic head coach John Barnes and Terry McDermott during their pre-season tour of Norway. \ Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster

Celtic have used the loan market effectively in recent years with a number of talented prospects moving to Parkhead from Premier League clubs, such as Charly Musonda, Patrick Roberts and Jason Denayer.

And it remains to be seen whether Rodgers has his eye on a number of English-based youngsters as he aims to enhance a Celtic team that have lost three of their last six games.

Oliver Burke (L) of Leipzig is challenged by David Abraham of Frankfurt during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig at Commerzbank-Arena on May 20, 2017 in...

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