The 10 Celtic players who will have less than a year left on contracts this summer

By John McGinley

February 5, 2021

There are at least 10 Celtic players who will have less than a year left on their contracts entering next season.

We all know this year is going to be one of massive rebuilding at Celtic but the scale of it is quite intimidating, even from the outside as a supporter.

For starters, it’s been well known for a while that there’s a ‘big four’ of players in the Bhoys first-team squad whose deals run out in 2022; Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer, Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham.

These players have been considered as some of the club’s biggest assets over the last couple of years. All of them are now likely past their peak value on the open transfer market.

We already know that Ntcham is on his way out of the club permanently, with Marseille holding an option-to-buy on his current loan deal.

It’d be a surprise if the other three signed new deals and didn’t follow during the next transfer window.

Outside of the big four

Less discussed is Leigh Griffiths, whose contract expires at the same time as Edouard’s. The Scotland international signed a four-year deal back in 2018, keeping him at the club beyond his 31st birthday.

With his ageing status and struggles at Celtic, the club have a decision to make on him this summer as much as anyone. Is it time to move him on and put our faith into new strikers?

That might be tough with his French teammate on the way out too. Albian Ajeti and Patryk Klimala have hardly hit the ground running, while Vakoun Bayo is already out on loan.

Moving into our contingent of younger players and there are a number at a Celtic crossroads.

Ewan Henderson still can’t seem to find his way into a manager’s plans at Paradise, while Anthony Ralston continues to be in a state of Celtic limbo.

Like those two, Jack Hendry‘s contract is also up in 2022. He’s impressing in Belgium with Oostende, who hold an option to buy on his loan. However, does he have unfinished business at Celtic Park?

Jack Hendry is bossing it with Oostende / (Photo by Plumb Images/Getty Images)

Forgotten American duo

A new manager and new dawn at the Hoops may just enable Hendry to get a renewed opportunity if he’s up for it.

Two players who haven’t had a sniff of an opportunity at Celtic are American duo Andrew Gutman and Manny Perez. It may be no-one’s fault either. The duo have had work permit problems since signing for the Bhoys, preventing them from playing matches in Scotland [Glasgow Times].

Gutman is set to embark on an exciting season at Atlanta United and looks to have the best chance of one day making a Celtic impact. However, with both of their contracts expiring next year, time is running out on that.

A number of contracts are coming to an end at Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When you also consider that Diego Laxalt, Jonjoe Kenny, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Shane Duffy have expiring loans this summer, as well as an uncertain future for Scott Brown, there is so much work to be done by the club on squad management over the next six months.

In other news, Celtic have announced broadcast changes to the Pass To Paradise service.