Our View: Celtic should use down time to sort out duo's future

By John Reid

March 14, 2020

It will be interesting to see how Celtic fill the down time the club has now that football in Scotland has been suspended indefinitely, as reported by the BBC.

There is a chance that the club could continue to scout players, after all, the staff will still be able to watch videos of players that the team is interested in.

No doubt the players will keep up a training regime of some sort as well, even if they can’t go to Lennoxtown to train.

However, the fact that the season might end months after its allotted finishing time of May throws up some intriguing possibilities.

Celtic’s Jonny Hayes (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Namely, what to do with players whose contracts are due to run out at the end of the season. Two players this applies to are Jonny Hayes, and Jozo Simunovic.

Club has one-year extension option

Hayes’ contract runs out at the end of the season, whilst recently Simunovic revealed to the Scottish Sun that his deal expires at the end of the season, but that the club does have a one-year extension should they trigger it.

With no way of knowing when the season will end, it would make sense for the Hoops to extend the contracts of both players by at least 18 months, to deal with this season and the next.

Jozo Simunovic in action for Celtic / (Photo by Alex Nicodim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

That would be the sensible thing to do, as it would ensure that the duo are still under contract at Celtic no matter when the next season begins and this one ends.

Senior figures likely to meet soon

You would imagine that Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell will soon be meeting to discuss what will happen with regard to players’ contracts for the rest of this season and beyond.

That should start by guaranteeing the Hoops futures of Hayes and Simunovic. It would be the right thing to do and it would be a good move to see Celtic announce the deals sooner rather than later.

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