Charlie Nicholas has launched an astonishing blast on Celtic’s transfer business – claiming Neil Lennon will be furious at the club opting for the ‘cheap option’ in Diego Laxalt.
Laxalt, 27, joined on loan from AC Milan on deadline day to add to the Hoops’ signings of Vasilis Barkas, David Turnbull, Albian Ajeti, Shane Duffy and Moi Elyounoussi. But Nicholas still reckons Lennon will feel he could have gotten more out of the window.
Celtic also managed to keep hold of their prized assets in Odsonne Edouard, Kris Ajer and Olivier Ntcham, and can perhaps only point to Alfie Doughty as the one player they missed out on during a £13million spending spree. Yet, still Nicholas was not content. “Celtic new signing Diego Laxalt was highly thought of a few years ago but since then he has drifted,” he told Daily Express.
The Uruguayan has been on the books of Inter and AC Milan but was not a first-team regular.
“He has spent most of his time at these clubs out on loan. The worry is that it could take six weeks to get him fit. Laxalt, for me, isn’t an inspirational signing.
“I said Celtic would go cheap in their pursuit of a left-back. I knew they wouldn’t spend money on a defender that Neil Lennon has been ever so patient for. I don’t think Lennon has been given much of a helping hand, if I am being honest. He had to work double time to get anything out of so-called wealthy Celtic. I’d imagine he’ll be pretty annoyed this morning.
“I am sure he will put on a brave face but I don’t think he will have got anything close to what he was looking for.”
Nicholas also suggested that rivals Rangers did the better business in securing Bongani Zungu late yesterday on an initial loan spell. “Albian Ajeti will get him goals but there are still question marks in other areas of the Celtic team,” he added.
“Rangers must be looking at it thinking that they got the better of the deals.
“Celtic were a stronger side last season. The main positive for Lennon is that all his main players are staying, although I am not convinced Olivier Ntcham, Kris Ajer and Tom Rogic are happy.”