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Fabrizio Romano’s Celtic transfer glass is half empty

Celtic’s supposed transfer activities have yet to be detected by Fabrizio Romano.

The Italian reporter is acknowledged as the guru of transfer tales with worldwide contacts keeping him in the loop over what is going on.

Earlier this month he was first to reveal that Carl Starfelt was on his way to Celta Vigo with the timeline being played out almost exactly as predicted.

Celtic require a real flurry of transfer business this week to avoid some very difficult Champions League nights through the autumn months with domestic issues under serious threat after failing to score in back-to-back matches against Kilmarnock and St Johnstone.

Romano will be working and tweeting around the clock over the next four days but speaking to Give Me Sport he didn’t have much crumbs of comfort to offer Celtic fans.

For sure, there is going to be something. They’re trying to keep things quiet at the club. I think that this is positive news. At the same time, I expect them to do something by the end of the transfer window, and they will be 100% busy with that.

There is going to be something going on at every club in Europe over the next four days, with Celtic’s needs greater than most there are bound to be agents trying to get their clients on the move. If Romano hasn’t heard anything concrete it suggests that there are no deals close to a conclusion.

When Celtic went to Japan for two pre-season matches Odin Thiago Holm was the only new player involved, against Wolves in Dublin they had added two South Korean’s with Marco Tilio still injured.

Either side of selling Starfelt the hoops have signed up Maik Nawrocki and Gustaf Lagerbielke but after losing Jota and Aaron Mooy the Starting XI is seriously weakened.

Last summer Celtic spent a net £20m on transfers with Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers costing around £6.5m each with a similar figure spent on securing Alexandro Bernabei and Sead Haksabanovic.

Players are required in virtually every position in the park with the September and October fixture list including trips to Ibrox, Livingston, Tynecastle and Easter Road alongside Champions League fixtures with the group stage draw being made on Thursday.

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