Barry Ferguson has claimed in the Daily Record that Celtic could be about to pull off a marquee January signing.
The Ibrox legend predicts Brendan Rodgers will have “something very big up his sleeve” as he looks to respond to Rangers landing Jermain Defoe with a landmark attacking capture of his own.
“Celtic will not just roll over from here on in,” Ferguson told the Daily Record. “I watched an interview with Brendan Rodgers the other day and it seemed clear to me he is nowhere near finished with his January business.
“I’d be very surprised if he’s not got something very big up his sleeve between now and the end of the month and that’s why Rangers fans shouldn’t get ahead of themselves just yet.
“Timothy Weah and Vakoun Issouf Bayo look like a couple of excellent young prospects and they could be very exciting additions if they can hit the ground running alongside Odsonne Edouard.
“But will Rodgers allow himself to go into the second half of this season with three strikers who are pretty wet behind the ears? I’m not buying that for a second. Not when Rangers have just upped the ante.”
Hold up. A marquee January attacking signing from Celtic? That would be something of a surprise, given that all the hints dropped from Rodgers so far is that he is shopping in the bargain basement for cheap and cheerful deals. Three attackers have arrived in the first third of the January window as the Scottish champions look to cover for the long-term absence of Leigh Griffiths and the exit late in August of Moussa Dembele. Bayo has signed permanently, while Weah and Oliver Burke have arrived on loan for the rest of the campaign. The trio certainly provide fresh competition for places in Rodgers’ side, but do they instantly make Celtic title favourites? Definitely not. Defoe, on the other hand, is a gamechanger for Rangers, as Ferguson suggests. The Light Blues currently sit in the driving seat, but there are three weeks of the window remaining, and there could still be big-name arrivals and exits at both clubs before the 31 January cut-off.