This is set to be one of the busiest summers in the history of Celtic Football Club.
Not only will they welcome a new manager to Parkhead, there will also be the arrival of a new director of football to coincide with Peter Lawwell’s retirement. Once everything is in place, the Bhoys will need to go about discovering who wants out and who wants to stay.
It could be a summer of mass departures, with Odsonne Edouard close to moving south of the border and Kristoffer Ajer also watched by clubs in England. With that in mind, it would not be the most ideal of starts to Ange Postecoglou’s reign in Glasgow.
The 55-year-old is now the favourite to take over in Paradise after a bid to lure Eddie Howe to Celtic collapsed unexpectedly. The Australian will have a lot on his plate if and when he does take up his seat in the dugout.
With that in mind, how could Postecoglou’s starting XI look next season once the summer transfer window has concluded? Here’s our fun and quirky prediction…
We’re tipping Celtic to remain with a standard 4-2-3-1 formation, but there are a number of changes.
Let’s start in goal, where Dundee United stopper Benjamin Siegrist has been linked on numerous occasions with a move to the Bhoys.
The 29-year-old made a remarkable 12 saves during a 0-0 draw between the two teams earlier this season and has a wonderful knack of keeping everything at bay. It’s thought that the Swiss stopper may set Celtic back around £1m.
At left-back, we’re tipping Celtic to strengthen their ranks by landing Aaron Hickey. Once of the Bhoys’ academy, he could be tempted to return to Parkhead in a deal which would be worth £4m. With Diego Laxalt heading back to Milan, they will need to find greater depth in that part of the pitch.
Ajer is expected to leave, so it would be surprising if Celtic didn’t sign a centre-back. With Christopher Jullien out for a prolonged period of time, Stephen Welsh resumes his place at centre-back alongside Ciaron Brown.
The Northern Irishman has been touted with a move on a free transfer this summer after his contract with Cardiff expires.
One of the club’s landmark additions could be in midfield, where the talented Ali McCann is snapped up. The 21-year-old has been targeted by Celtic and was among the nominees for Scottish Player of the Season.
St Johnstone will settle for nothing less than their record fee for a departure of £1.75m. Perhaps a bid in or around the £2m mark would be suitable.
Another exciting addition is on the left flank, where Karamoko Dembele’s brother Siriki joins from Peterborough. Barry Fry exclusively told Football FanCast recently that the 24-year-old will be allowed to leave if they can’t agree on a new contract, and a fee of £3m has been touted for the winger’s services with Celtic among his admirers.
The final arrival could be up front in a bid to replace Edouard. That sees Kevin Nisbet sign from Hibernian in a deal which could see the Glaswegian outfit part with £3m.
All in all, that would ensure a spend of £13m from Dominic McKay, funds which could be provided from selling Edouard and Ajer.