Celtic Europa League squad confirmed for group stages
Celtic have confirmed their squad for the Europa League this season as six changes are made to the playoff list.
New signings Liam Scales, Josip Juranovic, Jota, Cameron Carter-Vickers, and Giorgos Giakoumakis have all been thrown into the list. And just as positively is the inclusion of Christopher Jullien, who is hopefully closing in on an injury return in the near future.
As expected, Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard, and Leigh Griffiths have dropped out after leaving the club. Luca Connell has also been dropped as he continues to struggle to break into the first-team ranks.
And finally, Ange Postecoglou has decided to remove both Conor Hazard and Boli Bolingoli from the ranks also. This comes after both men failed to play a single minute of competitive action since it began back in July.
Celtic will have another opportunity to make three more chances to the squad if they progress through the group stages. This gives the club the flexibility to add new January acquisitions into the side.
The Hoops face Real Betis, Bayer Leverkusen, and Ferencvaros in the group phase.
New signings inject excitement into Celtic Europa League squad
It’s no surprise to see Celtic throw all of their new men into the squad. It certainly looks a lot more fresh and vibrant compared to the group we had for the playoff round.
However, at the same time, it’s a massive blow for the likes of Hazard and Bolingoli. The former, if it wasn’t clear by now, has effectively been officially numbered as our fourth-choice goalkeeper. A sign that Postecoglou has seen enough.
The signs already looked bleak for Belgian left-back Boli. With Greg Taylor, Liam Scales, and Adam Montgomery all competing for game-time, it’s clear Boli’s services are no longer required. It’s just surprising to see that both men managed to stay beyond the summer window.
January exits for both look pretty obvious now. It’s unlikely either man will be utilised in domestic action either,
But the talk of the squad is undoubtedly the inclusion of the Postecoglou new Bhoys. It’s a massive boost for the football club, and something that was definitely needed after defeat to Rangers.
Hopefully, come the time of our first group stage match vs Betis next week, they’re all ready to show their worth.