John Hartson has called on Celtic to shift a large proportion of the current first-team squad out of the club this summer.

Celtic fans have had to endure a terrible Scottish Premiership season.

Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell have received their fair share of criticism. Hartson has been one of those calling for the manager to leave.

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However, the former striker is also turning his attention to the players that have let us down this term.

He reckons several first-team stars should be preparing for a sharp exit.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hartson said: “How can this happen? Somebody’s got to take accountability for this. And it’s not just the manager. That’s why I say I think it needs a clear out because it’s just not been good enough, the standard’s not being good enough.

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“About 10 players should leave the club this summer. I’m thinking of (Olivier) Ntcham. I’m not sure about (Kristoffer) Ajer, I’m thinking about (Shane) Duffy going back. I’m thinking about (Odsonne) Edouard, I’m thinking about maybe they have to try to offload (Albian) Ajeti because how many goals has he got? He’s not somebody that the fans are excited to see coming back into the team. And there’s probably two or three more.


“I think Edouard was desperate to go. Last summer. I think they sold him the dream in terms of trying to stay for 10 in a row. That hasn’t quite worked out.”

Who stays and who goes in Celtic clear-out?

Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, Oliver Ntcham and Kristoffer Ajer all seem destined to exit for starters. Those four have contracts that expire in 2022. Unless they agree on extensions, it seems likely Celtic will cash in and attempt to recoup some sort of transfer fee for them.

The loan trio of Shane Duffy, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Diego Laxalt likely take the number of exits up to seven. The latter two will be expensive for Celtic to buy outright, while Duffy has not impressed in the slightest.

Celtic clear-out

Will there be a Celtic clear-out this summer? / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

From there, you have Scott Brown coming to the end of his Celtic career with an expiring contract. Tom Rogic is also on the fringes right now, and Celtic have already accepted a bid for him in the last few months, though he decided not to leave.

With reports indicating Hatem Abd Elhamed could be close to returning to Israel too, suddenly you reach then 10-player mark quite easily.

That’s quite the clear-out for Celtic to contend with in one summer. It will take careful management heading into European qualifiers and the new season.

In other news, The Green Brigade have taken a parting shot at Peter Lawwell with new Celtic Park posters.

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