When Celtic’s Director of Football Operations Nick Hammond took over at the club in October, one aspect he was always going to have to get to grips with was how big the Hoops squad was.

Celtic had far too many players that were not contributing enough. Thankfully, Hammond has taken steps to move on some players who had no future with the club.

Scott Sinclair, who rarely featured under Neil Lennon, making only six apperances this season, joined Preston. Lewis Morgan, who was always going to be a squad player at best and only started 10 games this season, looks set to move to Inter Miami.

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Two players have left club in last week

On loan Celtic defender Jack Hendry in action against AEK

On loan Celtic defender Jack Hendry in action against AEK (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

This week, two more players who have rarely featured for the Hoops have moved on. Jack Hendry, who made one appearance for Celtic this season, has joined Melbourne City on loan.

Eboue Kouassi, who has not played at all for the club since November 2018, has joined Genk on loan.

These moves can only be applauded by the majority of the Hoops support. It is about time that Celtic cut down on their squad, which was looking bloated at times.

 

If you look at the first-team squad on the official Hoops website, it shows 30 players. That is still arguably too many.

Senior figure might well attempt to move more players on

Vakoun Bayo in Rennes

Vakoun Bayo in Rennes (SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

When you look at the midfield section of the squad, it includes 14 players. Hammond might well attempt to move more of those players on before the end of the January window.

There are players at the club who could benefit from a move, either permanent or temporary. That includes the likes of Vakoun Bayo and Craig Gordon, neither of whom look like they will be starting games for Celtic any time soon.

However, even if no other player leaves between now and the end of the transfer window, Hammond has done a good job in moving players on.

It is something that he should continue to do in the summer transfer window.

 

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