With football in Scotland currently postponed for the foreseeable future, now is the perfect time to decide what’s happening with a host of player contracts.
Celtic have seven players set to depart the club at the end of the season. All of them will be gone by the end of June too if the Hoops were to take no action on them (Transfermarkt).
Fraser Forster, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Moritz Bauer, and Daniel Arzani are all scheduled to depart back to their parent clubs in the summer (Transfermarkt). Of course, with so much uncertainty in football just now, it could perhaps be tricky to get anything over the line with parent clubs.
Then again, using the time to discuss hypotheticals with Southampton regarding Forster and Elyounoussi could be worth a shout. Seeing whether the Premier League club would be open to extending their deals could be worthwhile in case that’s what needs to happen.
Outside of that, however, we have Jonny Hayes, Craig Gordon, and Calvin Miller respectively who are all out of contract by the end of June. Their futures could do with being confirmed.
It’s not just the out-of-contract players either
In addition to that, we also have Jozo Simunovic and Scott Brown out of contract in the summer of 2021 (Transfermarkt). With there only being just over a year until those expiration dates, it could be an idea to discuss with both what their hopes are for the future.
Celtic are fortunate in that the majority of their big-hitters are tied down for the long term. The likes of Olivier Ntcham, Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard, and Kristoffer Ajer are all on deals until the summer of 2022. Therefore, there is no urgent rush required for most of the first-team squad to get anything done.
Then again, would opening talks with some of these players to try and extend things further be a bad thing? Even getting an extra year added onto their deals would be a nice boost for the club and the players’ individual value.
Neil Lennon has already said that the global health crisis will affect his transfer plans (Daily Record). However, it shouldn’t be too detrimental when discussing in-house contracts.
Hayes, Miller, and Gordon’s deals require some urgency. As it stands, it looks like the club is happy to let all three go. That’s despite the fact that Hayes has made 26 appearances this season and has been a trusty servant of Lennon’s (Transfermarkt).
But as football takes a stand-still, we might as well be as proactive as possible. Opening talks with those the club wishes to stay for the long-term could be worthwhile.