We’ve only just entered the second full week of June and I’m champing at the bit for the new season to start already. It is an exciting time to be a Celtic supporter.
Player comings and goings are still to reach a point of interest for many Celtic fans so far. However, I wouldn’t expect to hear anything for a week or two just yet.
Most of the squad and backroom staff are on holiday or been involved international duty. You can be sure that with such a short close season for Celtic these days, pre-planning has been a key stage long before the season ended.
That said it doesn’t prevent the media from speculating. With so many Celtic players with uncertain futures that isn’t a total surprise.
So far senior players Efe Ambrose and Kris Commons’ contracts have expired and have now left the club as we knew they would. Further down the ranks my local team Brighton & Hove Albion took on the services of Josh Kerr who will be aiming for senior football in the Premier League – what a great opportunity for him.
Also heading out is Eoghan O’Connell. The big Irish centre back looked like he might have been in with a chance under Brendan Rodgers, but he went out on his third loan whilst at the club instead.
Now he’s secured a permanent deal south of the border with League One side Bury. I think he’s a decent player who could’ve done a job, but I’m pleased he’s got something solid instead – best of luck to the big fella.
That leaves several other squad players though. Celtic are well endowed in terms of numbers, but quality is the focus moving ahead.
You don’t need to question Brendan at this point. He knows what is required.
He has worked with this squad for a year now and hasn’t made any hasty moves. 12 months on he’ll have a better idea who still has a chance and who needs to make a career move now.
Personally, I look forward to a bit of squad trimming. It gives youth a chance to filter through and shine.
When you’re part of such a big squad what are your chances realistically as a young player? You only need to look at Celtic’s use of Manchester City fringe players.
Good enough for a Celtic. Forgotten about at City.
So there will be more exits than signings in my view this summer. I also think that will benefit the club.
You cannot facilitate the numbers. Even a club like Celtic.
If youth isn’t producing the goods then that is the time to delve into the market. There is no point in having a hefty squad of senior players that are not playing.
So expect many of the fringe players to have their future’s sorted out this summer. It’s for the greater good.
Don’t expect to see rumours of key players leaving. Instead, think of Celtic retaining all of their best players for the new season because despite what the media will tell you, they simply aren’t going anywhere.
Brendan will not be parting with anyone that he doesn’t want to. For now at least.
Looking forward to actual transfers. Not rumours.