Celtic

9 Celts set to leave this summer

There is a lot of talk about player contracts surrounding Celtic, these 7 players are certain to be shown the door this summer in an overhaul which will free up space in the squad, bring in transfers fees and lighten the wage bill considerably.

Rodgers doesn’t need transfer fees for a war chest, however, money garnered from player sales will hopefully find its way to the Irish manager to rebuild the squad in the image he desires for a 3rd consecutive shot at the Champions League.

Dorus de Vries, with the rise of Scott Bain and the return from loan of Conor Hazard the Dutchman looks to be frozen out of opportunities at Paradise.

Craig Gordon is a loyal servant who will maintain his place in the pecking order meaning de Vries will need to find a new club if he wants game time.

Jozo Simunovic has been linked with a move to the Premier League for bite the hand money on quite a few occasions, the inconsistent and often injured Bosnian would have been driven to the airport by the majority of Celtic’s support.

After his petulant elbow in the last derby, Jozo should enjoy the rest of the season with Hendry, Ajer and Compper sure to be joined by a major signing at Centre Half.

Dedryck Boyata has been a see-saw in his time at Celtic, going from awful, to match winning and back to awful again.

He is reported to be holding out for a higher contract which is music to the ears of Celtic fans, we will never progress with a bomb scare in the Centre of defence and like Simunovic will be wished well when he leaves at the end of the season.

Mikael Lustig is the most popular Celt who surely doesn’t have a Celtic Park future, he has been off the pace all year and exposed frequently at Right Back.

With Ralston receiving a 4-year contract, he is the long-term replacement for the popular Swede who will be wished well by the support, but happy to have seen him move on.

Cristian Gamboa like Lustig is not the answer at Right Back, rarely used by Rodgers he will find himself in the shop front window in this years World Cup for Costa Rica, hopefully he plays well and brings in a decent transfer.

Nir Biton has played little to no role in the last two campaigns, he has picked up wages whilst sitting behind Broony with no chance of displacing the skipper.

Favoured to play alongside Broony by an overly defensive Ronny Deila, Ntcham has filled the role and Kouassi is the long-term successor for defensive midfield duties.

With continued speculation about McGinn coming to Celtic, Biton is the obvious player to make way.

Stuart Armstrong has had a disappointing season after taking foolish advice from his agent in contract negotiations, after publicly stating he wanted negotiations wrapped up quickly after international duties, he dragged out his contract and signed a mere 1-year extension.

His worth has plummeted and will likely get his wish to play in a small team fighting relegation in the Premier League.

Scott Allan is the player who never was at Paradise, a tragic figure in many ways who came to Celtic but never got the run he perhaps deserved.

He is currently on loan and will likely go back to the club he handed a transfer request in, Hibernian.

Should Celtic move for McGinn, it is likely Allan will be part of a swap plus money sale.

Nadir Ciftci has never realsied his potential at Celtic after looking a world beater at Dundee United.

He has failed on loan at multiple clubs and looks to have no future at Celtic, if no offer comes in for the big Turk, his contract will likely be torn up.

There is of course talk of Rogic leaving and Patrick Roberts returning to City, I would hate to see either of those things happen and hope deals can be made between the players and the club.

Sviatchenko’s future is unclear as well and Christie is linked with a move to Aberdeen, hopefully, both are kept by Celtic as they both have a lot to give the club.

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