Kieran Devlin has dropped a fresh Celtic transfer claim ahead of the January window.
In a claim made on a recent Athletic Q&A, Devlin revealed that, despite a number of Celtic’s lesser-seen talents highly impressing in the 3-2 victory over Real Betis last week, many could nevertheless be set to leave Parkhead on either a temporary or permanent basis this winter.
Speaking about the players who featured in the Europa League win, the journalist said: “Understand that a fair few of the Thursday players are being pencilled for loan or permanent moves in January anyway, so I’m personally still a little hesitant of saying admirable performances against Betis means squad depth is not as poor as it was beforehand.”
While Devlin does not make it clear exactly which players who featured last Thursday could be in line for a move away from Glasgow in January, considering just how well the team performed as a whole, the journalist’s claim is sure to have left many of the Parkhead faithful worried.
Indeed, with Postecoglou awarding Celtic debuts to both Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw in the European fixture, as well as handing valuable first-team minutes to players such as Liam Scales, Adam Montgomery and Ewan Henderson, should any of these five players be in line for a permanent exit from the club, it is not a difficult argument to make that it would be something of a mistake on the part of the 56-year-old manager.
Not only did these players all receive admirable scores in the Daily Record’s player ratings for the fixture, they collectively bested a side who currently sit in third place in the LaLiga table, not to mention one who defeated Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the fixture before the Celtic clash.
Indeed, if the Betis clash was a chance to impress Postecoglou, it very much seemed as if all of Urhoghide, Shaw, Scales, Montgomery and Henderson took this opportunity – although, following Devlin’s latest update, it would appear not.