Celtic should prioritise current loanees in summer

By Connor Gordon

February 7, 2020

Celtic gaffer Neil Lennon must go all out to sign this season’s loanees in the summer.

The Irishman also needs to bite the bullet and let all of the out of contract players go.

In doing so, the squad list gets cut and more wages are freed up to bring in a higher calibre of player.

That doesn’t mean all the loan players must be signed up – *cough* Moritz Bauer *cough*

Celtic loanees must be on the radar of Neil Lennon

Lennon brought in Fraser Forster and Mohammed Elyounoussi from Southampton on a temporary basis.

Neil Lennon should be aiming to keep loanees such as Fraser Forster at the club. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The pair have done enough so far to warrant extending their stay in the summer.

However, it will cost a significant fee to bring the pair from the Saints to Glasgow but it must be paid.

They are in a different class to a lot of the current permanent players that the Hoops have at their disposal.

Some will rightly say the jury is still out on Elyounoussi due to his injury worries, but he’ll prove his worth.

Mohamed Elyounoussi started strong but is returning from injury. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As previously stated, money will need to be freed up elsewhere to bring in the Southampton pair.

That means getting rid of the deadwood who are already on the cards to leave in the summer.

Out of contract stars have to leave the club

Trio Craig Gordon, Jonny Hayes and Calvin Miller are all free to go in June.

They aren’t starters by any means, though Hayes is in and out the team under Lennon’s tenure.

The Irishman is going to be 33 by the time next season starts, which could change his future.

Gordon is another veteran who is definitely out of favour due to Forster and Scott Bain’s emergence.

Veteran goalkeeper Craig Gordon is out of favour this season. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Lastly, Miller’s change from attacker to defender hasn’t really worked out.

The 22-year-old hasn’t made an appearance this season and isn’t likely to push into the first team.

He won’t be commanding as big a wage as Gordon or Hayes but he will free up space on the squad list.

Probably in any event, the out of contract trio should go in the summer for the benefit of all parties.

But, it would be even better if it was to make way for one or both of Forster or Elyounoussi to come in.

The decision is ultimately down to Lennon in the end.

Will he have the bottle to ask the board for the money, or will he stay loyal to his current out of contract stars?