A mass exodus at Celtic could engulf Parkhead this summer with a number of their top players linked with the exit door.
Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer both scored on Wednesday evening in their 4-0 romp but that could well have been their last outings at Paradise.
Another player who could see no action under Howe is Boli Bolingoli.
The left-back departed the Bhoys on loan last summer under a cloud of controversy and following events this season, he will be fortunate to ever play for the club again.
Bolingoli decided to go on an unsanctioned trip to Spain during the height of the pandemic and failed to quarantine once he’d returned home.
Neil Lennon had no idea of the trip and even played him in a match against Kilmarnock just days after he’d returned to Glasgow.
It was a foolish move from the defender, one that not only put the whole staff at Celtic in danger but also the workforce at Killie.
He was subsequently loaned to Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey where he was fortunate enough to enjoy a Champions League campaign.
His chances of playing for the Bhoys again will have taken a boost the moment Lennon left.
After all, he described Bolingoli as “stupid” following his moment of madness at the start of the season.
“I think it is one of the worst behaviours from an individual I have come across,” Lennon said.
“Everything has been tight and everything has been strict. He had been warned previously about travelling and he blatantly disregarded my instructions and the club’s instructions. It is a complete act of selfishness,” he added.
Bolingoli is due back in Scotland this summer but following the emergence of Adam Montgomery, the 5 foot 11 defender should be heading for the departure lounge again.
When he left last summer, a player of Montgomery’s stature would never have been a concern.
However, the 18-year-old has developed at a rapid rate this term. He has been transformed from a striker to a defender and earned his first-team debut against St Johnstone on Wednesday evening.
The teenager featured at left-back and didn’t look out of place while stepping in for Greg Taylor and Diego Laxalt.
Celtic’s reserve side may have been granted permission to compete in the Lowland League next term but his future should be in the first-team ahead of Bolingoli.
Dominic McKay must ensure 25-year-old is among the club’s exodus.