The 3 first-team fringe players with uncertain futures at Celtic this summer

By Lewis Laird

May 30, 2022

There is no doubting that heading into this summer, Celtic are in a considerably better place in comparison to last year.

Looking back 12 months, the Hoops were approaching the summer transfer window without a manager and the future of many first-team stars uncertain.

Now, we have Ange Postecoglou at the helm with a settled squad and Champions League group stage football to look forward to next season.

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However, there is still business to be done this summer.

At this early stage of the window, the club have already been linked with several different targets for positions all over the pitch.

Incoming players won’t be the only transfer dealings conducted by Postecoglou this summer either, with reports suggesting that the Celtic manager will be looking to offload the likes of Albian Ajeti and Ismaila Soro.

Whilst the likes of Ajeti may look destined to leave the club in the next few months, there are also several players who find themselves in an interesting spot when it comes to their future.

Here are three players whose future with the club remains in an uncertain place heading into this summer’s transfer window.

Liam Scales

Scales was part of the 12 additions Ange Postecoglou made last summer, arriving from Irish side Shamrock Rovers.

It took the 24-year old some time to make his Hoops debut before going on to make 12 appearances, struggling to break into the side ahead of the in-form Greg Taylor in the second half of the campaign.

The left-back had a decent contribution in front of goal, scoring two good strikes against Dundee United and Raith Rovers, and provided two further assists, including Liel Abada’s opener in the dramatic 2-1 win over Ross County.

However, Scales has only been involved in a matchday squad three times since the 4-0 victory against Motherwell at the beginning of February.

Nothing concrete has been said about the defender’s future. But with the club reportedly chasing left-back targets, it leaves Scales in an uncertain position when it comes to his future at Celtic.

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Osaze Urhoghide

Similarly to Scales, Urhoghide was part of Postecoglou’s recruitment last campaign and was the 56-year olds first signing as Celtic manager.

Just 12 months on from signing on a free, the 21-year old is heading into this summer with his future at the club uncertain.

Urhoghide spent the second half of last season on loan in Belgium with Oostende, and the deal also included an option to buy.

Although Oostende has previously made it clear they would be interested in signing the defender on a permanent, they have also stated they cannot afford the agreed price.

So, the former Sheffield Wednesday man will be waiting on a decision over the next few weeks, learning his fate ahead of a potential pre-season return at the beginning of July.

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Mikey Johnston

The academy graduate has previously shown his talent and capabilities to play on the wing for Celtic. But, it hasn’t been a smooth sailing journey for Johnston as a first-team player.

The 23-year old has had to deal with constant injury knocks, which have hindered regular playing time under several managers.

That seemed to be the same outcome this season under Ange Postecoglou, with Johnston not being able to catch a break and catching another injury knock in pre-season.

The Celtic manager has turned to the winger 20 times this season, playing his part in the League Cup final victory in December.

However, his last appearance came in March during the 3-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Dundee United.

We have previously speculated that a loan move might be the best option for the winger to go out and gain some regular minutes in the hope of returning to become a more influential player under Ange.

But, at this point in time, his future at Celtic remains uncertain as the club looks to pursue another wide option this summer.

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Pre-season could be a significant indicator

Pre-season could prove to be a big indicator for the future of all three players as Ange Postecoglou looks to build his squad for the 2022/23 campaign.

The Celtic manager may want one more look at a few of his options within the current squad before allowing them to head for the exit door.

It might seem unlikely that some players can produce an incredible turnaround in their fortunes at Celtic Park.

However, there is no better example of a Celtic revival under Postecoglou than current first-team full-back Anthony Ralston.

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