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Celtic are still leading the Premiership race despite being defeated by arch-rivals Rangers before the winter break. But their supremacy in Scottish football is at stake following the resurgence of the Bears under Steven Gerrard’s tutelage. The Hoops need to reconstruct the squad at the earliest and their transfer approach so far in the January window deserves plaudit compared to the disastrous summer they endured

Their backline, in particular, needs to be revamped as there is a reasonable chance of a mass exodus at the end of the ongoing campaign. Mikael Lustig, the long-serving right fullback has failed to impress enough to earn an extension beyond this term. Infact, the reports from The Scottish Sun claimed Celtic’s interest in £4m-rated Olympiakos ace Omar Elabdellaoui as a like-for-like replacement of the veteran Sweden international.

The rumour might have made the fans euphoric, but the latest quote of Brendan Rodgers does not sound affirmative regarding a spending splurge over the next couple of weeks, according to Craig Swan for The Daily Record.

“I don’t think that’s how Celtic works. The model of the club is value and maximising that value and talent and development and see it grow at the club. The young players that have come in fit that model.”

The Parkhead boss is upbeat and full on praise for Vakoun Issouf Bayo, Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah, i.e. the youngsters he acquired so far this month. He is also tying down two rookie Americans Andrew Gutman and Manny Perez who have impressed

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