Report: Celtic open to offers on 4 players on deadline day
Celtic are open to offers on James McCarthy, Liam Shaw, Scott Robertson and Mikey Johnston today, Football Scotland has reported [Live Blog, 08:52].
As we discussed earlier, Danish defensive midfielder Oliver Abilgaard is said to be on the verge of signing up at the Bhoys from Rubin Kazan, further limiting opportunities for McCarthy, never mind Shaw and Robertson.
The Republic of Ireland international made an appearance off the bench in the win away to Ross County but is unlikely to get many minutes in a Celtic shirt this season.
Liam Shaw signed last summer and spent time out on loan at Motherwell but barely featured in pre-season and is another who won’t play much, if at all, this term – especially if Abilgaard signs up.
Scott Robertson has had regular loans away from Celtic and would have likely been given the chance to impress in pre-season but was recovering from a serious injury. He’s been back in training for several weeks and looks to set to embark on a new chapter of his career with less than a year left on his contract.
Johnston, meanwhile, appears destined to complete a loan switch to the Portuguese top-flight with Vitoria Guimaraes, which we wrote about this morning. That’s a deal that could kickstart the winger’s career after a difficult time with the Bhoys fighting through injury and tough competition.
Celtic have already managed to shift a pleasing amount of players who weren’t in the manager’s plans this summer. Vasilis Barkas, Christopher Jullien, Albian Ajeti, Ismaila Soro and Boli Bolingoli have all left on a variety of loan and permanent deals.
Moving on these four seems like the final step in that process, although Johnston’s loan move will likely be pitched as a development loan.
It was very important that the club managed to find options for everyone not playing and really focus on those who would be trusted regularly by Postecoglou.
The efforts have also freed up space for Celtic to make late moves for Sead Haksabanovic, with Oliver Abildgaard also said to be on his way.
A productive day awaits!