At this stage of the season, there is probably no need to document the monumental task that some Celtic manager is going to face in the summer when it comes to the Celtic back four.

Neil Lennon offered some hope about working a deal with Dedryck Boyata as rumours of interest and offers start pouring in. Lennon said post-match after Livingston at the weekend that he was still hopeful of working something out with the Belgian. John Hartson knows the game is up with Boyata and that Lennon cannot compete with the 100k a week wages in the Bundesliga.

Using his space in the Evening Times Hartson said:

“But I would be very surprised indeed if the Belgian centre half stays in Glasgow. And I am sure Neil knows the player is likely to depart too. I just don’t think the Parkhead club can afford to keep him.”

Of course, whoever the next Celtic manager will be will have bigger puzzles to solve than just Boyata leaving the club. If everything goes well and the board have a really productive summer transfer window, there will be a lot of new faces around Celtic Park and they will all need time to settle in. Hartson is well aware of this issue too.
“There is an awful lot of work to be done. Not just at the back either. Up front, Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah could go back to West Brom and Paris Saint-Germain respectively. Vakoun Issouf Bayo is right out of the picture. Scott Sinclair, too, hasn’t been featuring regularly. A date can’t be put on Leigh Griffith’s return.”
The transformation needed in the squad might turn some managers off, but Lennon seems to be well up for the task.


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