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Sorting Out Celtic’s Midfielders For Next Season

Sorting Out Celtic’s Midfielders For Next Season

Celtic have got a lot of possible midfield options for next season and those players are playing for their future right now under Brendan Rodgers.

The Hoops boss has a big squad to select from as they bid for glory in the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup to add to the Betfred Cup already sewn up this season.

And next term will be no different, with Europe coming back around again as something Rodgers, the club and the fans will want a strong performance in.

As brought up by one Twitter user earlier this week, Rodgers currently has a lot of midfielders contracted to the club, with many still available to play for him while others spend time out on loan:

But with the start of the new season never far away from the mind, you have to think about who will stay and who will go once Celtic starts pre-season in the summer.

As you can see from the list above, there are 16 midfield players and only five positions available in the team.

Here, we look at who will most likely stay and who will most likely go:

James Forrest

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This is an easy one. He’s been arguably Celtic’s best player this season and should be just as important again next term.

Verdict – Stay

Patrick Roberts

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Despite his injury issues this season, Roberts is returning to the team at a pivotal time and that should see him get plenty of game time. Celtic will have to stump up a big fee to sign him in the summer, but we’re confident they’ll do that on the basis of his almost three-year spell at the club.

Verdict – Stay

Olivier Ntcham

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This is another certainty. Ntcham signed from Manchester City last summer and took a bit of time to get used to his surroundings, but he’s well over that now and firmly part of Rodgers’ midfield. If he keeps his performances up, we wouldn’t be surprised if his name begins being linked with other clubs in Europe.

Verdict – Stay

Scott Brown

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Do we need to give a reason?

Verdict – Stay

Nir Bitton

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Bitton still has a bit of time on his contract, but, at 26, we could see the Israeli midfielder moving on to get more first team football. He’s not been a regular under Rodgers, particularly not in midfield, and that must frustrate a player who was previously highly rated in that position. If Celtic want to cash in on him, then this summer might be the ideal time to do it.

Verdict – Go

Stuart Armstrong

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This is a difficult one as Armstrong looks like he’s getting back to his best form, but the off-field drama that surrounded him not signing a new contract last season will return this summer as he moves into his final year at the club. Back in August last year, he signed a new deal until the summer of next year – and we can’t see Celtic letting him run that deal down. Instead, we’d expect them to sell to make some money on him.

Verdict – Go

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