Celtic are basing their hopes on would-be projects, having been so successful in recent years.

The Hoops are renowned for their player development, but is it drying up?

Some will say Moussa Dembele’s Lyon transfer shows it is as strong as ever while others will say The Bhoys have too many projects now.

Current Celtic project status report

The term project when it applies to Celtic isn’t pinned down in its definition.

However, most will agree it is a young player coming in at low cost that develops and gets sold on in multi-million deals a couple of years later.

Jack Hendry is needing a loan deal to improve his player development. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Defender Jack Hendry is 23 but will be deemed as a project with the hope to improve whilst at the club.

Unfortunately, the Scot isn’t nailing his position in the squad and is being seen by some fans as surplus to requirements.

Likewise, Olivier Ntcham came in and was a big hit but is out the team too.

Olivier Ntcham is one player hoping to leave Celtic for a big fee in future. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Ryan Christie, a project himself, and youth product Callum McGregor is keeping the Frenchman from the starting 11.

Ntcham is one player most likely to go for big bucks in future but his value will drop without game time.

Similarly, Odsonne Edouard is another massive hope to repeat the feat of Dembele.

Odsonne Edouard wants to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Moussa Dembele. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, some are still unsure whether he can replicate his fellow countryman.

Having been bought for a rumoured £9 million, the task is greater for Edouard.

Transfers could halt project development

With Timothy Weah, Oliver Burke and Vakoun Bayo coming in, there are questions.

Are Celtic abandoning their project mindset for a quick fix with other players?

The above players are attackers and will only impede the likes of Edouard from developing.

Hoops youngster Mikey Johnston could be pushed out of starting 11 by new signings. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Another youngster Mikey Johnston will also see less game time, so perhaps a loan is best for him.

Furthermore, Rodgers believes another winger will arrive in the summer in Maryan Shved.

The Hoops are in a title race at the moment and will need to win the league first. The manager must put that before player development.

The Bhoys could soon rue being a development club rather than a winning club.

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