Brendan Rodgers’ men quite obviously needed the winter break rest after a busy first half of the season ended with some inconsistent performances.
That break will also allow them to recruit some reinforcements for the second half of the campaign, but Morgan won’t be one of those after being immediately sent back on loan to St Mirren.
So, along with Compper, who could arrive this month and make an impact this season for the Hoops?
Here we look at five alternative options that they may want to explore:
Craig Gordon played well in the 0-0 draw with Rangers, producing a couple of top saves to deny James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos, so there’s no denying his quality in goal. But is he a fit for the style of play Brendan Rodgers wants to play? Celtic fans are never shy in criticising Gordon’s distribution with the ball at his feet and we can see why. So maybe an upgrade could be on the cards this month? Krul would definitely be an appealing option given he’s number two at Brighton right now and six months away from his contract expiring. He’d be a cheap option and, at six years younger than Gordon, he’d be a better long-term option too.
McGinn showed in Hibs’ 2-2 draw with Celtic last month that he’s more than a match for the midfielders currently in Rodgers’ team and the talk around his future and a possible move to the Hoops should continue this month. If the club have their eye on a long-term replacement for Scott Brown then McGinn could be that man. Significantly, his contract at Easter Road ends at the end of next season so Hibs are running out of time to get a return on him.
Tom Rogic’s injury problems make him an unreliable number 10 for Celtic – and, without him, they’ve struggled to produce telling final balls in big games so far this season. So perhaps some strengthening at that position would make sense in January? Celtic have close ties with Manchester City, as seen with the signings of Jason Denayer, Dedryck Boyata and Patrick Roberts over recent years. Diaz is a talented playmaker who has been on the fringes of Pep Guardiola’s squad this season, but looks like he’d benefit from more game time in a team playing good football. Celtic could definitely give him that.
Mikael Lustig showed in the 0-0 draw with Rangers that he does still struggle when put under pressure with the ball at his feet and that adds to a long-term feeling, for some, that right back is a position Celtic could do better in. Cristian Gamboa was brought in to help strengthen, but that hasn’t worked out, while injury has stopped Anthony Ralston from making more of an impact. In terms of options for new signings, Stojanovic could interest due to his reputation as one of Slovenia’s top talents. The 22-year-old is already a national team player and is one of Dinamo Zagreb’s best youngsters.
It’s about time Gauld returned to Scotland, isn’t it? The former Dundee United man has barely kicked a first team ball since his £3million move to Sporting Lisbon in 2014 – that’s not the impact many were hoping for. Still, he’s only 22 and you’d think he would have benefitted from being in the Portuguese system during some key years in his career. If he’s better than the player that left United then maybe he could be the number 10 Celtic need? Currently on loan at Aves, it’s not clear how available Gauld is, but, considering he’s made the majority of his appearances this season off the bench, it might be possible for Celtic to do a deal with Sporting.
Celtic fans – who would you like your team to sign this month?