"Never going to be anywhere near"; Pundit names the 12 players who could leave Celtic this summer

By John McGinley

April 15, 2021

Everyone knows that this summer is going to be a period of upheaval at Celtic, but former player Darren Jackson reckons as many as 12 established players at the club could end up saying farewell to Glasgow this summer.

With a new manager on the way as well as a fresh footballing structure and change of CEO, inevitably the next few months will see a lot of speculation about who is coming and who is going.

Jackson, speaking to The Daily Record, reckons there’s an exodus on the way.

He lists Vasilis Barkas, Olivier Ntcham, Boli Bolingoli, Tom Rogic and Vakoun Bayo as five who will be moved on.

Bayo has had a fairly productive loan spell in the French second-tier, scoring eight goals, but Jackson reckons it’s not enough, telling the paper: “He’s not played enough and was never going to be anywhere near the boys that were up front.”

Jackson also reckons Celtic’s clutch of loan players could all end up back with their parent clubs too. He would not complete a deal for Diego Laxalt, also declaring that the jury is out on Jonjoe Kenny and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Elyounoussi has impressed in recent games, but the former Scotland international thinks a transfer fee and wages will be a big barrier to business being concluded, explaining to The Daily Record: “He’s not had a great season yet he’s still scored 18 goals and had countless assists. You wonder how good he would be in a confident Celtic team. Southampton won’t let him leave on the cheap. Unless the price and wages are right then it’s probably a no deal.”

Kris Ajer, Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths all facing uncertain futures too, the numbers quickly add up.

Will Mohamed Elyounoussi leave Celtic? / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whether it’s Eddie Howe or another boss arriving at the club, the scale of the challenge is huge.

However, that’s surely also exciting for an ambitious coach. It’s rare in football to get a completely clean slate from which to work.

Could that be as enticing as anything else when it comes to the Celtic job?

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