Five Celtic players that should hit the road in January

A week after Santa leaves his gifts, some serious action kicks off in the football world when the transfer window opens.

Brendan Rodgers will be keen to add to his squad, but in the background there are a number of ‘legacy’ issues still to be dealt with.

Given a blank canvas, the Bhoys boss would probably remove a dozen players from the payroll but there will be no Joey Barton style pay-offs coming out of the club’s bank account.

Some gentle persuading will be required but with a couple of players out of contract at the end of the season moving on in January will be a little easier to take than a wage cut in August.

Players hold all the cards, but if you know that your days are numbered, accepting a contract elsewhere may appeal more than spending another couple of months on the periphery before searching for a new deal next summer having not kicked a ball all season.

There won’t be any big fees coming in from the January sales but if some savings can be made on the wage bill and the first-team squad can be trimmed down everyone will benefit.