7 deals Celtic could still complete in the final month of the transfer window

By John McGinley

August 2, 2022

Celtic have hardly been sluggish in the 2022 summer transfer window, paying significant money to bolster Ange Postecoglou’s squad and moving on several players with no future at the club.

However, there’s still plenty of work to be done. After the manager suggested there will likely be more “incomings and outgoings” over the coming weeks, we thought it’d be useful to set the scene and look at what’s most likely.

Who is heading out of the Celtic Park door, and where will the Bhoys be looking to recruit to add even more depth to the manager’s options?

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Outgoing Celtic deals

Celtic have already said goodbye to Tom Rogic, Vasilis Barkas, Nir Bitton, Karamoko Dembele, Ismaila Soro, Boli Bolingoli and Osaze Urhoghide this summer, as well as a variety of youth talents who had yet to play competitive games.

Looking at the squad which remains, there are still plenty of candidates for an imminent exit.

Christopher Jullien has already been given permission to hold signing talks abroad this summer, and while his move to Germany fell through, you have to presume the player and club are actively working on alternative options. He has little chance of frequently featuring this season, especially with Stephen Welsh’s rise and Moritz Jenz’s arrival.

James McCarthy is another person you can’t see much game time for over the next 12 months. His move to the Bhoys hasn’t worked out and Aaron Mooy’s arrival moves him down the pecking order again. With rumours he is seeking an exit appearing from journalists on social media today, don’t be surprised to see activity here. [Fraser Fletcher]

Former Sheffield Wednesday talent Liam Shaw barely featured in pre-season after a loan at Motherwell in the second half of last term. Another loan, at the very least, seems sensible.

Postecoglou has already admitted a loan for Mikey Johnston is on the cards too, with the Celtic boss feeling he needs a change of scenery and a full season of consistent football under his belt, which he’s unlikely to get at the Bhoys.

Elsewhere in attack, Albian Ajeti has had very little game time this summer and looks as far away from making a competitive appearance as almost anyone else in the squad. Postecoglou hinted at his potential exit late last month but no firm link to a club has appeared.

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Incoming Celtic deals

If Celtic can move the majority of those above on, it definitely leaves the club in a strong position to make one or two more additions. That’s especially true if Jullien and Ajeti are on the confirmed exit list, who earn significant first-team wages at the Bhoys.

Bringing in another versatile attacker is the main missing piece of the puzzle. Reports earlier this summer indicated it was a priority position for the Bhoys, with names such as Ryan Mmaee appearing in the press.

Someone who can play on the flanks or centrally would fit the bill, providing more viable cover than both Johnston and Ajeti.

A player with the profile of a mobile, disruptive defensive midfielder has also yet to arrive in Glasgow after pretty heavy links to talents such as Vinicius Souza and Fausto Vera earlier in the summer, both of whom have made a switch elsewhere.

Celtic did sign Aaron Mooy, but he’s a different kind of player to that and will perform an alternative role in the squad. If Postecoglou is making further additions, many fans will be hoping for a defensive midfielder who has very specific attributes and the potential quality to compete in Europe.

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