Celtic failed to trim their bloated squad in the transfer window, leaving Brendan Rodgers with far too many players not earning their keep at the club.
Players like Jonny Hayes, Marvin Compper, Dorus De Vries among others are still picking up a wage for doing hardly anything.
Even Scott Allan, who signed a pre-contract agreement with Hibs, is set to pick up a wage from Celtic until the summer.
In October, The Scotsman reported Brendan Rodgers’ complaints about the number of playing staff.
The bloated squad was carrying far too many players for the managers liking, however Celtic did very little about it.
Lewis Morgan left on loan to Sunderland, and Jack Hendry was set to follow suit. However an injury to Filip Benkovic meant Hendry had to stay as cover.
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Despite an injury crisis in the Autumn, Celtic have all of their notable absentees back.
And due to the rise of players like Ryan Christie, competition for places is fierce.
The curious case of Compper continues to be a tricky conundrum to all Celtic fans.
Signed a year ago, he has only made one start as a Celtic player.
Bought to ensure Champions League qualification for a third straight year, Compper has been nothing short of a dud.
It is unsure who picks up the blame for this fiasco, the player himself who appears to have downed tools, or the recruitment team.
It appears that Celtic will have a mammoth task in the summer. With so many loan signings, it appears the playing squad will have to be rebuilt slightly again.
Further to this, they’ll have to finally get rid of the deadwood cluttering up the dressing room at Celtic Park.
Competition for places is key for any club who wants to challenge themselves at a higher level.
However at Celtic, there are just far too many players there picking up a wage for doing nothing.
It didn’t end in January, but it must end in the summer.