Moussa Dembele and Tom Rogic are poised to move on at the end of the year in what will be a blow to our ten in a row hopes, Brendan has spoken about Moussa being on a 2 year cycle at Paradise and Rogic is hedging his bets until after the World Cup meaning the Cup Final may well be their swan song.
Dembele has been subject to repeated bids some of them spurious, others from teams he would get the chance to play top-level football, if a bid over 20 million came in all the signs are that the club wouldn’t stand in his way.
Indeed there is already talk of signing up French Eddie as a replacement and a substantial kitty would give Brendan the opportunity to bring in cover for Leigh and Edouard from the sale of Dembele.
With regards to Rogic the World is literally at the likable Australians feet, should he excel for the Socceroos with the world watching he will be the subject of bids from major teams, should he fail to fire there will still likely be bids from the Southampton’s of the world looking for a bargain.
Obviously, as I have written in the past a few times, it would be preferential if we sewed him up to a long-term deal, with Musonda rumoured to be leaving maybe the first team assurances he will receive may just turn his head back to a Parkhead future.
The extra money saved from cutting the failed loan deal short can also be put into a large contract which he well and truly deserves.
On the bench more than likely at Hampden will also be Paddy Roberts who is going back to the Premier League and is rumoured to be moving to Leicester City, after a lackluster season there is no way we will meet City’s valuation.
Lastly there will be a few players in the squad which will likely see their services dispensed with at full time, Dorus de Vries has had his place taken by Scott Bain, Simunovic and Gamboa look likely to be sold Stuart Armstrong is entering the last year of his contract… AGAIN and Scott Allan looks certain to move to Hibs.
If a deal can be worked out for Nadir Ciftci he will likely leave and the same is true for Erik Sviatchenko who doesn’t seem to be in the manager’s plans despite excelling under Ronny Deila.
For all the moonbeams across the city, Celtic will likely be very active in the market trying to replace these players, something that given a windfall from the first two shouldn’t be a problem.