Celtic's most difficult task this summer is barely being mentioned

By David Walton

May 4, 2022

Everyone seems to have a different transfer priority when it comes to Celtic this summer.

Sign up Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers. Secure Ola Solbakken. Strengthen at left-back. More aggression for the midfield position. Everyone will have a different priority.

However, the most difficult challenge for the manager and the club will be getting rid of the deadwood that have offered us nothing over the past 2 years.

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Whilst there are plenty that have made an impact for the club this term, there are a host of players that haven’t. The likes of Vasilis Barkas, Ismaila Soro, Albian Ajeti, and Boli Bolingoli won’t be on pennies at the club. If we could shift all of them on, it’ll free up space in the squad for some new acquisitions without over-inflating the wage budget.

But Celtic would’ve done this as far back in January if they could. They tried to get rid of Soro as he closed in on a move to the Netherlands, but the transfer door slammed shut as he failed to get a work permit [The Scotsman].

The club also sent Boli Bolingoli to Russia on loan. However, for obvious reasons, that transfer ended up with the Belgian coming back to Scotland.

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No reports of any early interest for Celtic deadwood

It won’t be easy to find moves for any of these players. Barkas’ contract isn’t up until the summer of 2024. The same goes for Ajeti and Soro. Boli’s deal is up in 2023. We need clubs to actually want to splash out for these players if we’re going to sell them.

Loan moves won’t cut it either. We would still be left in the same position with 3 of them this time next year.

And let’s not forget they’re already on healthy contracts at Celtic. We’ll need them to accept pay cuts and for them to actually want to move. It could be all about whether they value money over minutes on the pitch.

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Cutting through that to get them all moves is going to be extremely difficult. Every player is different and has different goals that he’ll want to achieve. And Celtic won’t be expecting a huge amount of interest in them either given they’ve been ineffective for more or less 2 years.

It’s easy to say that the club needs to sell them, but the interest in buying needs to be there. Yes, the Hoops will have their agents working on finding them offers. However, that will probably have been the case stretching back to well before January.

Fingers crossed those who haven’t contributed over the last couple of campaigns finally find alternative clubs this summer. It’s certainly looking like a daunting task given how low their stock will have fallen.

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