Normally, when a club announces a new manager, thoughts immediately turn to what players the new manager will bring to the club. However, in the case of Brendan Rodgers, he will be inheriting a squad heavy on numbers, and particularly overloaded with attacking midfielders.
As a result, one of his first tasks will be to assess the squad, and begin work on trying to free up some space by letting some of the less vital players go. Here are the main contenders to lead a big summer exodus:
The much-maligned defender has become a scapegoat for Celtic fans in recent years. At times, he has unfairly taken the brunt of the blame for the team’s failures in big games, but he is undoubtedly prone to high-profile errors.
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While Brendan Rodgers likes his teams to pass from the back, it is still hard to see Ambrose taking a first team place ahead of Erik Sviatchenko, Josep Simunovic, Charlie Mulgrew and Dedryck Boyata. The likeable Nigerian has never shirked responsibility, but his time at Celtic should now be up.
There is no denying that Mackay-Steven has tremendous ability. One incredible piece of skill against Kilmarnock in his Dundee United days has been christened the GMS juggle, and viewed almost 400,000 times on YouTube.
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However, since joining Celtic, he has flattered to deceive. After a strong start when he signed in February 2015, he has looked devoid of confidence in his first full season. He is still young enough to have a successful career elsewhere, but it may be time for him to move on from Celtic.
No player has divided the Celtic support over the last year more than Kris Commons. He remains Celtic’s most reliable performer on the big stage, but has found himself afforded limited game time during the past season.
Rumours of a disruptive dressing room influence remain unsubstantiated. However, a lack of respect for the previous management was on display for all to see when he publicly berated Ronny Deila and John Collins for substituting him against Molde during the embarrassing 3-1 defeat in last season’s Europa League.
At 32-years-old, he should have a few seasons of top level football left, but it may be time for Celtic to turn to some of their younger options.
For many, Carlton Cole is the epitome of the problems Celtic faced last year. Signed as a free agent in October, he has never shown any sign of breaking into the first team.
In his brief appearances, he has looked clumsy and immobile. Probably the biggest contribution he has made to the club is the song that the fans created in his honour.
The Turkish striker was signed from Dundee United last summer, but failed to make an impression and has been on loan at Eskisehispor in his home country since February.
There has been no sign from his spell there that he is ready to return and become a key player in Brendan Rodgers' team for next season. He is no stranger to controversy but has never looked Celtic-class.
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