Celtic should copy Rangers' reported plans with new contracts
Celtic should reward some of their players by offering them new contracts with the club.
The Hoops’ bitter rivals Rangers are in place to do something similar to their high earners.
Neil Lennon’s men recently won their 10th consecutive Scottish trophy at the weekend against the Ibrox side. The Irishman should be rewarding a few of the players for their heroic efforts.
Celtic must look at new contracts for key stars
Two players who could be in with a shout is Nir Bitton and Jonny Hayes. Both of their deals expire in summer next year and played a part in Sunday’s shock victory.
Hayes played unfit while Bitton shored up the backline following Jeremie Frimpong’s sending off. Other than those two, it’s just loanees and Scott Sinclair that could possibly be extended.
Perhaps most key of all is the expiration of captain Scott Brown at the end of next season. Broony, aged 36 at the time, will probably be looking to hang his boots up, but don’t rule it out.
Rangers are looking at a similar offer to players such as Jermaine Defoe, Allan McGregor and Steven Davis according to the Scottish Sun.
Those three names are integral for the Gers and getting them signed back up will be a coup. Likewise, getting the likes of Bitton, Hayes and Brown in would be a morale booster for the Hoops.
Bitton may play for Hoops against Cluj
Bitton could perhaps show his worth to the Hoops tomorrow against Cluj.
After getting Monday off after the final, the Celts are back in preparing for the Romanian champions. The Israeli international ran his socks off on Sunday afternoon and could be straight in for the Europa League tie. Hayes will perhaps not make it as he appeared to pick up an injury towards the end of the final.
A betting man will suggest a lot of Sunday’s big hitters will get a rest for the damp squib tomorrow. However, Bitton was a sub, so should bee fresh, and needs more minutes in his legs.
Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien deserve some time on the bench after their defensive heroics. Bitton can prove he deserves a new deal as the Hoops aim to go unbeaten in the Europa League group for the first time.