It is a case of Deja Vu at Paradise this summer with slow movement in the transfer window coupled with key injuries threatening to end our European campaign before it begins.
Last year the issue was defensive with Kolo Toure being rushed into the squad belatedly as we saw Jozo and Erik succumb to injuries.
Eoghan O’Connell played in a Champions league qualifier as Celtic put a makeshift XI out to conquer European riches.
This season our troubles are up front with Moussa and Leigh both injured, with the latter unavailable due to a nonsensical suspension from the last game to boot.
Our midfield has been considerably weakened by the loss of Patrick Roberts and also the loan deal taking Ryan Christie away to Aberdeen.
The diminutive youngster has waited in the queue for long enough and I would suggest should have been maintained in the squad.
I wrote on April the 15th an article titled, Ryan Christie ready made replacement for Roberts where I stated that Ryan “would walk into any other team in the SPL including Sevco” and I stand by it.
His performances for Aberdeen have been eye catching, his goal in the Europa League was pure class.
Regardless we now have a Jonny Hayes at the club and will have to watch Christie help the Dons instead.
If we can get through vs Rosenborg we should look to invest in the first XI immediately.
The club has the finances and the riches on offer can pay a healthy dividend for the plc, this is not the time to be cheap.
Armstrong looks certain to leave unless we qualify for Europe, he would be a fool to leave if we did progress but equally silly to stay if there is both better money and a higher level of competition on offer elsewhere.
If we get past this hurdle it seems clear what must be done, we have to buy a player who can play up front and out wide.
The best player for that would be Patrick Roberts, the second best is playing at Pittodrie.