NEWS that Tom Rogic had rejected a new deal with Celtic yesterday were wide of the mark as the club and the Australian’s representatives continue talks.
The midfielder isn’t the only one whose deal ends in 15 months time.
While 15 months seems like a lifetime away in footballing terms, there are a number of players that would be able to talk to other clubs in just 9 months time.
There are some names there that Celtic fans will expect to see go but there are some players who need tied up as soon as possible.
Lustig may have had his last deal at the club, De Vries and Gamboa could also make way. It wouldn’t be surprising if Gamboa went for a fee in the summer.
Boyata has been out injured and has previously stalled talks with the club – nobody would lose to much sleep if he were to go.
The four men on that list that should be signed up are Tom Rogic, Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong and James Forrest.
Scott is playing from season to season at the moment, while he may have a diminished role in 15-months you just never know – he continues to be the heartbeat of the team when many people had written him off before.
Armstrong only signed a new deal last summer but it was a short deal that gave him and the club some breathing space as they decided on their next move. The midfielder hasn’t hit the heights of last season and has been injured but a fully fit Armstrong offers something different and at the very least we should tie him up so we can sell him for a respectable fee.
Tom Rogic is a tricky one, a great player on his day but is injury prone and can’t last a full 90 minutes for the most part. The Scottish Cup hero is still someone who can turn a game when nothing is happening and Rodgers puts a lot of stock in the Australian. Hopefully they tie that deal up shorty.
James Forrest has been in sensational form and is likely to win player of the year for Celtic at the very least. Maybe we shouldn’t sign him back up as people who win player of the year usually go on to have a bad season the following term. It’s vital we sign Forrest up for the same reasons as Armstrong.