There were as many as seven players who look to have played their last game for Celtic today.
As expected, all focus this afternoon was on Scott Brown. This was his Hoops swansong, as he brought down the curtain on an incredible 14 years at Celtic Park that contained 22 trophy wins and 610 appearances [Transfermarkt].
However, what has gone under the radar is just how many of his team-mates were making their final appearances today. Granted, decisions on the rest of the first-team squad have still to be made. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out which players are for the off.
First off, Jonjoe Kenny’s uninspiring half-season stint in Scotland has come to an end. He somehow managed to play another 90 minutes today and will finally leave the club to head back for Everton. He’s been a massive disappointment, and fan anger with his performances will ensure a return is never on the cards.
You then have the other loanee, Mohamed Elyounoussi. Moi divides the Celtic support due to a huge problem with his consistency levels. That was on show again at Easter Road today when he had an impressive opening half-hour before fading out. There are no signs that Southampton will drop his price to a standard that would be worth signing him for. Expect this to have been his last game for the club.
Then there is the trio of Kristoffer Ajer, Ryan Christie, and Odsonne Edouard. I don’t really need to explain why they’re leaving, do I? Yes, nothing has been confirmed as of yet but all three are into the final year of their contracts this summer. There are no signs of any of them extending their deals, and Celtic need to do business for them now or risk losing them for nothing.
The Celtic exodus is going to be bigger than we’ve seen for a long time; today is the end of an era
It’s like why all of them were given an opportunity today. To effectively give the club one last shift before they’re moved on. Come next season, you can’t see any of them still being at Celtic.
Finally, Leigh Griffiths gave it his all for the final 29 minutes today. This was his last opportunity to make some sort of impression before a decision needs made on his contract.
Leigh always gives 100 percent, but there are major question marks over whether the new manager can trust him. It’s yet another campaign where it’s only single figures in terms of goals for Griff, and that’s just not good enough. For me, I can’t see him being given a new contract, as he simply hasn’t earned it.
But of course, these seven won’t make up the full clearout that’s going to occur this summer. Diego Laxalt will head back to AC Milan as his loan expires. Goodness knows what will happen to underperformers such as Nir Bitton and Albian Ajeti too.
We’re going full-on this summer to try and shake this club up from top to bottom. It’s going to be the busiest transfer window we’ve had in recent memory, or at the very least, it should be.
For now, however, it looks as though we can definitely say goodbye to the seven mentioned here as we look to freshen everything up.