The Celtic Way's Ryan McGinlay reached out to the public on social media to ask for their burning questions about the club.

Here's what he had to say about some of the best contributions...

Q: What player would you take from the Martin O’Neill era and put in the current side?

A: Am I allowed more than one pick here? In all seriousness though, what a pool of talent to choose from back in the early 2000s. I could go for the easy answer and say the legend that is Henrik Larsson, but that would be too much of a tap-in, so I’m going to think outside of the box here. Even besides Larsson, there are so many players that could have made an immediate impact if they were around nowadays in a playing capacity. Looking at the likes of Didier Agathe and Jackie McNamara, both would slot in seamlessly to Brendan Rodgers’ style of play, especially given Celtic’s problems in both full-back areas this campaign.

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For whatever reason, I just cannot look past Stiliyan Petrov, a proper box-to-box midfielder who motored around the pitch in his prime for the club. Celtic are missing this sort of player who ca cause havoc in both areas of the pitch, with Callum McGregor occupying a deeper role and Reo Hatate currently sidelined due to injury. Unsurprisingly, Petrov showed he could cut it in the big leagues, too, as he is revered by Aston Villa for his qualities both on and off the pitch. A hero to both teams, Petrov is a player that Celtic have struggled to replace, despite being gone from the club for nearly 20 years. A top professional in every sense of the word.

Still, if you’re limiting me to one player, then it has to be the ‘King of Kings’.

Q: Has the board at Celtic backed Brendan Rodgers since his return to the club?

A: Yes and no. When you look at the number of signings brought in last summer and in the winter – with many of Celtic’s assets staying put – you would think that the board have given the manager the best possible chance of challenging on all fronts for this campaign.

However, when you individually analyse all of the players who joined the club this season, only a handful of arrivals have been good signings. Luis Palma, Paulo Bernardo and Adam Idah so far have been solid signings, with Maik Nawrocki, Yang Hyun-jun and Odin Thiago Holm all displaying positive attributes when they have featured, albeit sporadically for the club so far this campaign.

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The recruitment has to be better, which is partly the reason why Celtic have got themselves into a title race in the first place. Too many of their players signed simply are not good enough to meaningfully contribute to a title race, which is why some of them have left or are not fancied by the manager. Look at Marco Tilio and Kwon Hyeok-kyu, who are already out on loan at Melbourne City and St Mirren respectively. A total of two appearances between the pair of them in the first half of the season, it is this sort of recruitment that needs to rapidly change for the club to get value for money in the transfer market. Plenty of work still needs to be done in this department for Celtic to level up as a business concerning player trading.

Q: Do supporters take winning the league for granted every year?

I see this argument come up a lot on social media, and I give the same response every single time. When supporters are labelled ‘entitled’ or ‘spoilt’, I think it's false. Particularly with younger supporters who have seen unprecedented success over the past decade or so, they will not want to see anything other than Celtic doing well.

With the club in a tremendous financial position, as well as being coached by one of their most successful managers in the modern era, it is little surprise to see that these supporters are passionate about winning all that there is to offer each season. One man’s ‘entitled’ is another man’s ‘winning mentality’, so I see little problem with demanding nothing but the best every single campaign.

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It is always enlightening to see the next generation just as passionate as the ones who came before them, showing the club is in good hands concerning the support.

Q: Are there questions to be answered about player ‘pathways’ from the academy to the first team?

Potentially, yes. It’s no secret that there has been a real lack of first-team talent making their way from the academy straight into the first-team fold at the club. In terms of one making a real sustained impact, the last young talent you could point to who immediately made the jump was that of Kieran Tierney. Even then, his inclusion was due to luck and injuries, though the young left-back took his chance and never really looked back.

If Celtic are to utilise their academy better in the coming years, then yes, there does need to be a clearer passage between the youth and first-team, as it seems like Celtic’s ‘B Team’ experiment is not going to produce any ready-made talent for the time being. A good idea at the time, the likes of Rocco Vata and Daniel Kelly have only recently made the jump, though their respective futures do look promising at this point. Outwith these two individuals, many have left or are on loan, with Bosun Lawal the only player looking like potentially having any impact when he returns to his parent club.

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The problem with any sort of pathway is that Celtic will almost always opt for a signed player over their youth options, as they will be perceived as better players than those being developed in the academy. A sad but true reality, as the struggle to break into the first team continues to transpire for Celtic’s youngsters.