Report: What Celtic are now focusing on next in the transfer window

By David Walton

January 6, 2022

Celtic are now turning their attention towards getting players out the exit door, according to Sky Sports.

The Hoops have already completed a triple-signing from Japan that has seen Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi, and Reo Hatate join the club respectively. In addition to that, the Hoops look set to announce the signing of Johnny Kenny imminently [Irish Independent].

However, Sky believe Celtic are now focusing on those leaving the club. This comes on the same day that Ewan Henderson left Parkhead for Hibs.

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Liam Shaw, Vasilis Barkas, and Boli Bolingoli have been named as 3 potential players who could exit. Granted, Shaw still very much has a chance of a long-term future at the club.

Celtic have as many as 34 first-team players in their squad. It’s fair to say the Hoops are well stacked, with Ange Postecoglou now awaiting injury returns as he sees his starting choices beef up.

Sky report that there is interest in Barkas from Turkey. However, no offer has come in for the player.

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Celtic need to shift some deadwood and get some loan exits moving

There is clear deadwood at Celtic that needs to try and find its way out the door. Unfortunately, Barkas, Bolingoli, and Albian Ajeti all fit the criteria at the moment. They clearly aren’t going to offer Celtic anything in the long run, and Ange doesn’t want to invest any more faith in them.

The issue Celtic have is that you can’t force clubs to bid for your player. There needs to be genuine interest, and the fact that these players haven’t been performing well over the last 2 years is a major issue. You’ll do well to find a serious buyer for their services.

Of course, you also have to remember the contracts the players will be on. We need them to be open to moving clubs just as much as we need the interest from elsewhere. Players can’t be forced into moves they don’t want to make.

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You then have the players who need to leave the club on loan. Again, this will be straightforward. Henderson has already departed whilst Shaw is being linked heavily with a move to Motherwell [The Scotsman]. Not to mention Osaze Urhoghide is another who could depart.

So there’s plenty of work for Celtic to be doing on that front. They’ll want to be getting in contact with agents and start moving some of these players on to reduce the deadwood size that currently takes up the first-team numbers.

Only then does it look as though we’ll switch to bolstering our ranks further again. And it’s a method you can totally understand.

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