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Bonner’s board waring

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Pat Bonner has warned Peter Lawwell that there will be no hiding place if Celtic fail to win the title.

Celtic are currently sitting at the top of the table with a game in hand but the supporters can see through the stats at a club in decline- highlighted by eight points dropped on the road during December.

Without their A-team in place Celtic have looked very vulnerable on the road with defence an obvious weakness. Filip Benkovic and Dedryck Boyata look certain to leave in the summer while Mikael Lustig has yet to be offered a new contract with his current deal expiring in June.

Jack Hendry and Marvin Compper were signed a year ago in £1m deals but have failed to make any impact and stand behind Jozo Simunovic and Kris Ajer in the queue for a place.

Supporters are anxious for the club to spend the profits of the last two years on new defenders but so far this transfer window has failed to deliver.

If Celtic fail to recruit any significant defenders, specifically at right-back they look like being involved in a title race much tighter than they have experienced in the last two seasons.

The fans won’t forgive them — Peter Lawwell more than Brendan, probably — if they don’t win ten-in-a-row, given the position of strength they were working from and how close they are to doing it,” Bonner told The Sun.

Most Celtic supporters won’t remember Jock Stein’s nine-in-a-row but they’ll have lived through Rangers equalling it and now they want to see it surpassed.

The league is undoubtedly the big thing this year. I would forget about the Treble and concentrate on winning that eighth successive championship — a double this season would be enough.

After that they can take stock and ask where they should be going in the next couple of years. Does Brendan stay? Because if he does then the board must back him properly.”

Celtic’s short and medium term ambitions and prospects will be much clearer when the January transfer window closes.

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