Three players who Celtic should move on this summer

By Hamish Carton

July 26, 2019

Celtic fans were understandably delighted when reports of Jack Hendry’s impending exit reached them.

The central-defender is likely to leave the club this summer, with the Daily Mail citing Hull City as his likely destination. The move may only be a loan one but at least Celtic are being seen to do something about the deadwood left behind by Brendan Rodgers.

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So far this summer the club have moved on long-term failures like Scott Allan and Marvin Compper. Fringe players like Cristian Gamboa, Youssouf Mulumbu and Dorus De Vries have also departed while so have good servants Mikael Lustig and Emilio Izaguirre.

As a result Neil Lennon’s squad looks far more trimmed and competitive with new signings and returning players contributing to a much more rounded squad.

However, there are still a few more who could be let go in the final month of the window.

Who should Celtic still move on?

When you’re looking at the squad as it currently stands there are only a few players who seem to have little chance of a future at the club.

The most obvious is Anthony Ralston. The right-back’s time seemed up the minute Lennon chose not to play him in Sarajevo. Ralston was the only natural right-back on the club’s books at the time yet Lennon still chose to go with Kristoffer Ajer.

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The Northern Irishman has also tried a back three in recent weeks, hinting further that there’s no room for Ralston in his plans.

Calvin Miller made a good start to pre-season in Austria but has seen his opportunities at a bare minimum since. The 21-year-old isn’t quite sure what his best position is and that’s affected his time at Celtic.

Lennon chose to play him as a winger in pre-season but you’d struggle to see him holding down a place in the team ahead of either Mikey Johnston or James Forrest.

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Maybe it’s time to admit that this one just isn’t going to work out.

Ivorian midfielder Kouassi Eboue has really struggled to find his feet since signing from Krasnodar in 2017. He’s started just 12 times for the club in 30 months and when he has he’s not looked up to it.

Greek website SDNA claims that Panathinaikos are keen to take the 21-year-old off Celtic’s hands. If the money is right then, again, the club should look to let him go.

Not all transfers are going to be a success. But it’s important to cut your losses at times.