Date: 8th July 2019 at 5:45pm
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With major surgery likely coming this summer Neil Lennon needs to get rid of some players to declutter his Celtic squad.

Having already brought in Christopher Julien, Luca Connell and Bali Mbombo Celtic fans will be hoping their transfer incomings are only at least half done as there is potential space in the squad for two new right-backs, a centre back, a keeper and potentially a central midfielder after missing out on Motherwell’s David Turnbull.

On the whole, the recent signings made by the Celtic board have been poor and as a result currently have a squad with holes in it after the departures of loanees and senior players coming to the end of their deals this summer. Despite requiring a few faces be brought in the patchy recruitment at Celtic Park of late has meant the club need to get rid of a few too.

Jonny Hayes did well covering in at left-back last season in Kieran Tierney’s injury absence but has never looked a player capable of representing Celtic regularly and given links to Nice’s Romain Perraud and there already being a full allocation of wingers at the club it might be best for all involved if the Irishman was moved on to pastures new. Signed from Aberdeen in 2017 for a fee in the region of £1 million Hayes hasn’t really met the standards required to be considered a success at Celtic and given his age you’d imagine the 31-year-old never will.

Another signed for a seven-figure fee is Eboue Kouassi and having been brought in from Krasnodar for £3 million in 2017 is yet to make more than 12 appearances in a single season during an injury-ravaged career for The Bhoys in Green so far. When we have seen him in a Celtic shirt he’s far from impressed and looks to be another expensive flop of the Lee Congerton-Brendan Rodgers era. Celtic might be better swallowing their pride and allowing the Ivorian to leave and just hope they can reclaim a fraction of his extortionate transfer fee they paid. Keeping Kouassi could hamper the development of Ewan Henderson and there’s no need for a club to do that.

The final player that Celtic can move on this summer and not feel the loss of is Jack Hendry. Signed from Dundee in a deal that became the Tayside club’s record fee received for a player, the 24-year-old has looked out of his depth any time he pulls on a Celtic jersey. It’s not too late for him to make a go of his career but the longer he stays at Celtic Park the less chance he has of recovering a career that has already been stymied a couple of times.

Despite still needing a lot in this window Lennon could do worse than shipping out these three duds.

 

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