Celtic supporters have endured a difficult campaign and things didn’t get much better on deadline day
The last thing Celtic fans needed was more disappointment, but that’s what the January transfer window has delivered.
With their side 23 points behind Rangers in the title race, out of three cup competitions and in turmoil off the pitch thanks to speculation over Neil Lennon’s future and the fallout from their Dubai trip, it’s been a frustrating time for supporters.
Any hope that the transfer window might bring some optimism was quashed as a key target slipped away at the last minute and only one new signing arrived.
Jonjoe Kenny arrived on loan from Everton on deadline day, and the 23-year-old right-back was the only new signing for Lennon.
There were several departures, however, with Jeremie Frimpong joining Bayer Leverkusen in a deal that Record Sport reported could be worth £11.5m.
He was followed out of the door on deadline day by Olivier Ntcham. The French midfielder joined Marseille on loan with an option to buy, and fans were aggrieved as Sky Sports claimed the fee would be £4.5m, having previously believed the club would make as much as £9m.
Their failure to land Ben Davies was perhaps the biggest disappointment, with the Preston North End defender appearing destined for Celtic Park until late in the window.
“He lives in that area and I’m sure financially it would have been quite rewarding for him as well so disappointed but we move on.”
In a one-hour poll conducted on Twitter, Celtic fans delivered a resounding verdict on their club’s business in the window.
It wasn’t a positive one.
With almost 2,000 fans voting, only 8% said they were happy with Celtic’s window.
52.7% declared themselves unhappy, while 39.3% felt the club’s conduct merited a shoulder shrug.
These supporters were clearly not enthused.