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Celtic: Devlin shares update on Hoops trio

Celtic: Devlin shares update on Hoops trio - Celtic

James Forrest, Callum McGregor and David Turnbull are all expected to stay at Celtic this summer.

The Lowdown: Postecoglou has a busy few months

New Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou looks set to take Hoops training next week after making progress in regards to quarantine protocols.

John Kennedy, Gavin Strachan and Stephen McManus will take Celtic’s first day of pre-season on Friday, but Postecoglou should have time in charge before the club’s training camp in Wales next month.

He looks set to be a busy man when it comes to recruitment ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, but it seems he’ll have three Celtic stars available to him going forward.

The Latest: Devlin drops update on Scottish trio

The Athletic’s Celtic correspondent Kieran Devlin shared a story on Postecoglou on Wednesday and how his Hoops side could line up.

Devlin suggested that the 55-year-old could look at a 4-3-3 system, with McGregor and Turnbull as two No 8s and Forest as a right-winger.

He claimed that the Scottish trio are ‘among the few first-team quality players expected to stay’.

How long will Postecoglou be in charge of Celtic?

Less than a season

Less than a season

1-2 years

1-2 years

2-4 years

2-4 years

More than 4 years

More than 4 years

The Verdict: A worrying time for the Hoops?

Although the news on Forrest, McGregor and Turnbull expecting to stay is a positive one, it appears to be a worrying time for the Hoops.

Devlin suggests the three are ‘among the few first-team quality players expected to stay’, which points at a number of exits to other Hoops stars.

The likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard have both confirmed their desire to quit Parkhead recently, and there appears to be no real desire to get additions through the door.

Celtic need to get a move on when it comes to their transfer business, especially at the back and in attack, as they have just over a month until their Champions League qualifier against FC Midtjylland.

They could give themselves the best chance to progress if they can get bodies through the door quickly, but at this moment in time, it doesn’t look likely.

Should no additions arrive and Ajer and Edouard leave, Postecoglou could be left with Stephen Welsh as the only fit senior centre-back due to Christopher Jullien’s injury and Albian Ajeti as the only recognised centre-forward, if Leigh Griffiths fails to earn a new deal.

Very worrying indeed.

In other news: Trophy-laden club captain wanted by Postecoglou; he is a big fan of Celtic coach, find out more here

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