Ange Postecoglou says he will not be forcing any players out the door in January but expects some movement – even if it’s just younger players out on loan searching for first team football to develop.
Celtic have already loaned out Liam Shaw to Motherwell for the rest of the season to get some much needed game time.
There could be players set to follow Liam, especially his old Sheffield Wednesday teammate Osage Urhoghide.
On outgoings, Ange was honest enough and admitted he wouldn’t stand in the way of a player who was looking for first team opportunities elsewhere.
Speaking to Celtic’s YouTube channel, The Celtic manager said “Will some players have to leave before the window shuts?
“Nobody needs to go out we are not forcing anyone out the door. It’s just that some players need to go out on loan to continue their development because it is important to us.
“Other players who have not had an opportunity might look elsewhere to get game time but we don’t have to push anyone out we are not forcing anyone to leave.
“From our perspective, it is about making that our younger players develop and we have a couple of the younger ones out on loan. We are hopeful of getting a couple more out on loan in this window.
“An important part of any young players development is playing regularly. We are working towards that and if anyone else finds a better opportunity elsewhere in the current squad that thinks it will be better for them then if we can help them we will make it happen.”
On anymore incomings Ange said: “I haven’t said we need to bring in another one or two as I am quite happy with the squad and I doubt that we will bring anyone else in.”
Celtic have a massive second half of the season ahead and will likely have to draw from the whole squad to claw back a six point deficit. There are players like Barkas and Ajeti who are surplus to requirements and if they get opportunities elsewhere, the club will surely move them on.
No more incomings wouldn’t be the end of the world, but you have the feeling Celtic could and should do a bit more business before the end of this month.