Sooner rather than later Celtic will need to be looking to make additions to their squad. The time for new signings is likely to be in the January transfer window. However, one market that the Hoops could explore are players whose contracts expire in the summer.
Celtic can begin talks with those players in January. There are bound to be a number of players who will be offered to the Hoops by agents, here we have a look at a trio who should be on Celtic’s transfer list:
Undeniably a bit of a controversial choice, Hart, the long-time Manchester City and England goalkeeper, is currently at Burnley. However, he has played only one game so far this season. As he reaches the end of his career, he will want first-team football again, and his contract expires in the summer. If the Hoops cannot agree a deal to keep Fraser Forster at the club, then Hart could be an ideal replacement. If he can recapture the form that won him honours at Manchester City, he could be an excellent singing for Celtic.
Celtic will presumably be looking for a central midfielder in the summer who can give the likes of Callum McGregor and Scott Brown a rest at times. One such player is Leroy Fer. The former Swansea City captain joined Feyenoord this summer, and he has played 17 times, scoring three goals. Just like Hart his contract expires in the summer, and just like Hart he would be a more than useful addition to the Hoops squad. He has plenty of experience, and at 29 he is five years younger than Scott Brown. If he is open to leaving Feyenoord, he could be an excellent signing for Celtic.
If Celtic are looking for a defensive midfielder, to perhaps play in Europe in particular, then Leicester outcast Nampalys Mendy could fit the bill. The player was signed from Nice in 2016, just after Leicester won the title. However, injuries have mostly prevented him from holding down a first-team spot. He did play 32 times last season, but has rarely featured under Brendan Rodgers, and has played one minute of first-team football this season. With his contract expiring in the summer, if he wants to kickstart his career, Celtic could be a place to consider. No doubt Rodgers would put a good word in about the Hoops to the player.