Celtic Park will be a lively place this summer. With a new manager likely to come in with a wishlist, contracts expiring and loan players saying their goodbyes, it should all be pretty hectic.
The club will be looking to press on with transfer business and add some much needed quality to a drained squad. The focus to get players in must not take away from a matter that’s just as important.
Celtic have a bloated squad at present. There are currently over 30 players in and around the first-team and that’s not including those out on loan. The squad is filled with some players who haven’t been seen in a Celtic shirt in months and others who never were. They must go.
How much money could Celtic free up?
The departure of loan signings Timothy Weah, Jeremy Toljan, Oli Burke and Filip Benkovic should free up a decent amount to start off with. A conservative estimate puts their combined weekly wage at around £30,000.
The likes of Emilio Izaguirre, Cristian Gamboa, Dedryck Boyata, Dorus De Vries and Mikael Lustig are all likely to leave at the end of their contracts too. When you add the already departing Scott Allan to this list it should free up around £70,000.
Finally, if Celtic are able to move on some of the dead wood in the squad then we really could be laughing. The likes of Jack Hendry, Marvin Compper and Eboue Kouassi have no real future at the club and could be sold for money. Failing that, their departure alone would take another £50,000 off the wage bill.
That’s roughly £150,000 per week that Celtic could shed from their costs. That equates to £7.8million per year in savings. That’s an enormous amount of cash freed up for the new manager to bring some recruits in.
The beauty of the whole thing is that Celtic wouldn’t even lose an important player. All the men listed above are replaceable or invaluable. We’d be left with a more streamlined, better quality squad. What’s not to like?