Celtic have won their eighth Scottish league title in a row and on course to win that legendary third domestic treble in a row. but what will happen in the summer as there are a number of players that must be shown the door and be allowed to move on.
Celtic have been plagued with injuries this season and some players hit with a dip in form, considering Celtic have only really had one striker in Edouard to play, they have done fantastic at securing the league.
The summer transfer window will be probably the most important one since Brendan Rodgers first came to the club and with him gone it will be vital for whoever takes on the Celtic job in the coming weeks.
Its only natural that the new manager will want to make the Celtic squad his own and will most likely want to totally revamp the team, there are quite a few players that have simply not been good enough over he last season or two and will be taking home a good chunk of money every week.
Below we will try and list a few to be named and please comment if you feel these are wrong or if you think any other Celtic players should be shown the door in the summer.
Okay, I know the former Number 1 isn’t anywhere near first on the list for the bullet and far from being deadwood. He’s a top class goalkeeper and it says a lot about how Scott Bain has come onto a game that there’s now very little chance of him being displaced, saving injury.
Gordon is one of the bigger earners at the club though and that hefty wage bill could be better spent going towards a prestige player in one of the outfield positions that so badly need attention, as opposed to a guy sitting on the bench.
Dorus De Vries
The big Dutchman was only brought in as backup and hasn’t had a game since March last year. His contract is up and unless Gordon does indeed find himself moved on, there’s no place for DeVries at Celtic, so his chances of a contract extension are slim to none.
A while back I called this Dortmund loanee “the final revenge of Lee Congerton” and more and more that appears to be the case. Brought in as as replacement/cover for the ageing Mikeal Lustig, the young German hasn’t exactly staked his place for an extended loan deal.
Neil Lennon clearly isn’t a fan, opting to bring the Swede back as his first choice. Sunday’s game at Ibrox summed him up, taking the ball in Rangers’ half, running into trouble and turning 180 degrees to make a penetrating run into his own half where he lost possession.
The Honduran was a great player for Celtic, but those days are long gone. Even towards the end of his first period at Parkhead, he felt like he was done, so to bring him back years later in January was bizarre to say the least.
He’s not exactly impressed in any games he’s played in, so talk of him being offered yet another deal just makes no sense. What next? Gary Hooper? Cha Du Ri?
The 24-year-old came in back in January last year and has failed to make an impact. He’s not a bad player as such, but he’s just not good enough for a team like Celtic.
Anytime he’s been given a chance, he’s had fans watching through their fingers as the occasion seems to get the better of him. No hard feelings, but see that contract until 2022? Aye, that. Deal with it, Celtic.
In case you’ve forgotten about how long the Costa Rican has been at Celtic, here’s a wee reminder. THREE YEARS. In that time, he’s made only 16 league starts. Deary me.
His contract is up though and by the sounds of it, Deportiva Alajuelense fancy bringing him home. There’ll be plenty of offers of a lift from Glasgow.
There’s no denying what an immense servant to the club the big crazy Swede has been, but age catches up with everyone.
As we saw at Pittodrie, he’s still capable of putting on a burst of speed to get up and down the park, but he’s not as reliable or consistent as he used to be. With his contract finally up in the summer, it might be time to say goodbye to PC Lustig, but the club need to replace him with TWO better right-backs, not just one.
Is that doable? If not, keeping a hold of him as backup might not be the worst idea.
The Lennoxtown ghost himself, Compper has played only one game for the first team in his 18 months here to date, an easy pumping of Morton in 2018.
He’s still got a year of his contract to go.
The Israeli was out of the game for nearly a year and only came back in January, but his starts have been few an far between and even his use as a substitute hasn’t exactly set the heather alight.
He’s another one with a year to go on his contract, but maybe now is the time for Celtic to cash in and get what they can for a player who’s best days at Parkhead are past him.
He’s going back to Hibs in the summer after signing a pre-contract, so we know he’s a definite. Why he wasn’t allowed to go earlier is another story as Hoopy the Huddle Hound appears to be higher up the pecking order than he is.
He’s 100% going to score against Celtic next season though, guaranteed.
What can you say about Oliver Burke? There’s been £26 million bangers spent on him for a start. He’s ridiculously fast and can leave defenders standing still. Unfortunately his first touch is a kerb, he doesn’t seem to want the ball or like running at opponents and his we haven’t seen decision-making that bad since the guy who knocked back The Beatles.
Celtic would have been better playing with ten men at the weekend. At least nobody would have been wasting a valuable pass giving it to Burke.
His Celtic career has been plagued by injury, so you have to have some sympathy for the Ivorian midfielder, but there comes a point where you have to cut your losses.
£3 million was spent on him back in 2017 and once you factor in wages, that’s a serious amount of dough up the swanney for no return. He’s still got two years of his contract left. Ooft.