The ten Celtic players out on loan and what their futures look like under Ange Postecoglou

By Hamish Carton

February 1, 2023

The January transfer window is now closed and Celtic fans know the squad that will see out the 2022/23 season.

Ange Postecoglou has built an immensely stacked 25/26 man squad that he will hope can lead the club to the treble.

Yet, while the focus over the coming months will be on the likes of Reo Hatate, Jota and Greg Taylor, there are a number of players still on Celtic’s books who will be playing their football in other parts of the continent.

These are the players currently loaned out by the club. We count ten, all with different futures.

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The Lennon era

First up are three players signed prior to Ange Postecoglou’s arrival in Glasgow, who simply weren’t for the manager.

Albian Ajeti, Ismaila Soro and Vasilis Barkas all offered something at various points last season but all three are more associated with the previous regime rather than the current one.

Ajeti’s loan deal at Sturm Graz and Soro’s move to FC Arouca both come with an option to buy. Barkas’ Utrecht loan did not. (Giannis Chorianopoulos)

None of the trio have any sort of future under Postecoglou at Celtic.

The Sheffield Wednesday duo

It’s pretty easy to group Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw together.

Both joined from Sheffield Wednesday within a few weeks of each other, and have gone on to feature little under Postecoglou.

Both are now out on loan with the only surprise being that they’re not at the same club.

Shaw is playing for English League One side Morecambe until the end of the campaign, while Urhoghide is in Belgium with KV Oostende.

An option to buy is included in the latter’s deal, but neither will have much chance of forcing a way into Postecoglou’s plans.

The youngsters in Ireland

Celtic did their bit for football in Ireland last month by loaning out Johnny Kenny and Tobi Oluwayemi.

Kenny has moved to Shamrock Rovers for the 2023 season, while Oluwayemi has signed for Cork City until the end of June.

Both are still just 19 so their is time for them to make the step up, but it’s going to be tough to break in to this Celtic side.

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The former first-teamers

And perhaps most interestingly, three players who got some chances under Postecoglou last season but fell away for whatever reason.

There were high hopes for Liam Scales when he joined the club from Shamrock Rovers in Postecoglou’s first summer, but he fell out of favour.

His time at Aberdeen hasn’t gone too well, with a red card in a 6-0 loss to Hibernian at the weekend seeming to sum things up.

Adam Montgomery has done pretty well at St. Johnstone, but would still be Celtic’s third choice left-back by a pretty considerable distance.

Finally, most intriguingly, Mikey Johnston is currently playing his stuff in Portugal with Vitória Guimarães.

Johnston signed a one year extension at Celtic when making the loan move, so is contracted at the club until 2026.

Whether he’s still playing for us at that point remains to be seen.

In other news, Celtic spent a reported £6.3m during the January transfer window