If there’s one underrated thing that Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell have done together Celtic, it’s clear out some of the deadwood.
Not all of Brendan Rodgers’ disappointing signings have left the club. However, there are certainly fewer players in the squad who aren’t pulling their weight than there was last year.
Lennon has now had two transfer windows, and he and the club have managed to shift out plenty of our underperformers. Whether it’s been on loan deals, permanent departures, or simply contracts running out – there’s much deadwood been shifted out the door.
When the current Celtic boss arrived at the club, he had the likes of Marvin Compper, Lewis Morgan, Jack Hendry, Eboue Kouassi, and Youssouf Mulumbu all eating up wages whilst doing not very much.
Every single one has either been shifted our permanently or on loan.
Mulumbu and Compper were key departures
Mulumbu and Compper both left Celtic in the summer despite having another year on their respective deals. The former had spent the second half of the season on loan at Kilmarnock, whilst Compper had contributed nothing since signing in January 2017. Getting both off the wage bill was an impressive move.
Lennon was happy to give Morgan his chance to shine this season. In fact, he gave him 18 outings before he left for Inter Miami in January (Transfermarkt). Having the awareness to know that Morgan wasn’t going to be good enough in the long-term was a good decision. He hadn’t impressed this season, and his time here was up.
Hendry and Kouassi have also been shifted out on loan, easing the financial burden Celtic have regarding the duo. Both were multi-million-pound signings by Rodgers. Neither have managed to make any sort of impact.
The Celtic boss has also done well to acknowledge that Scott Sinclair’s time at Celtic was coming to an end. Rodgers just couldn’t see past him even when he was playing poorly. Lennon could, and made the right call. However, his contribution here must be remembered, and it would be unfair to lump him into the same bracket as Kouassi and Compper, for example.
But there’s no denying that the manager and chief executive have done some fine work in clearing out some deadwood.
Yes, the likes of Jeremy Toljan, Emilio Izaguirre, Dorus de Vries, and Cristian Gamboa’s deals with the club all came to an end. But Lennon and Lawwell have shown good judgment in clearing out some of the others.