As expected, Liam Henderson departed Celtic and headed for Serie B side Bari this week, but on a permanent deal rather than a loan. Despite my disappointment at this, I think it’s a pretty good move for the youngster.
Under another manager or different circumstances he may even have had a Celtic future. In fact I was convinced he would, but that ship has now sailed…to the Adriatic Sea.
At Liam’s age this will benefit his career. Not many young Scottish prospects get such an opportunity and certainly not those who have seen so little action.
So I wish him all the luck in the world and hope to see him back at Celtic Park one day. It’s another Celtic departure of course as Brendan Rodgers continues to trim his squad.
Jamie McCart, recently loaned to St Mirren, has now gone on loan to Alloa Athletic. Another youth player seeking first team football at another club.
Realistically there are a few others who should probably leave as well that I wouldn’t bat an eyelid at. This is the second wave of clearouts since the summer cull.
The vastly inflated squad that Brendan Rodgers inherrited is much leaner now. Is it getting too lean though?
At full strength no, but that’s the problem. Too many injuries and poor form have hindered Celtic this season.
If we lose any of our key players in this window which is always being suggested by the SMSM, are they to be replaced? At some point Celtic will have to invest or blood youth, but we also need the right quality.
Perhaps that’s where Bredan is going with the squad long-term. Whittling it down to the size and standard that allows room for opportunity.
When your numbers are so great, how can you satisfy youth and squad players simultaneously? You can’t and that’s where Celtic are right now.
It’s still predominantly a Ronny Deila squad. Part of the Brendan Rodgers rebranding seems to be to axe those who aren’t fit to wear a Celtic jersey be it skill, ability or fitness and work with those who are, leaving room for improvements.
Today the current squad are back in action after a much needed winter break. Celtic host Brechin City at home in the Scottish Cup and embark on their quest for back-to-back trebles.
It’s a huge task which I’m sure the rest of Scottish football will be trying to stop from happening. Celtic are the team everyone wants to take down.
Brendan’s players should be refreshed and ready to burst back onto the scene though and face these challenges. It’s time to put the sluggish second half if 2017 to bed and welcome 2018 at Celtic Park this afternoon.
This is the same season, but its a new year. There’s a treble out there.