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Celtic: Hoops expected to make ‘a couple’ of signings in January, but some players could leave

Celtic: Hoops expected to make ‘a couple’ of signings in January, but some players could leave

Celtic fans can expect the club to be very active in the January transfer window, with a multitude of incomings and outgoings being anticipated.

Football Insider reported that a source from Celtic has said that ‘a couple’ of senior signings are expected in the winter, with several players also expected to leave the club.

According to Football Insider, the Hoops are primarily focused on tying down key figures at the club, having seen three players sign new deals recently, and are hoping to secure the futures of Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard.

Celtic were very active in the summer transfer window, during which they brought in no fewer than 11 players.

Several of those have instantly become first-team regulars, including Fraser Forster, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Christopher Jullien, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Boli Bolingoli, while others such as Jonathan Afolabi, Lee O’Connor and Luca Connell have been signed with a longer-term perspective.

The Hoops have made clever use of the loan market to add to their squad, with Forster and Elyounoussi impressing with six clean sheets and seven goals respectively since joining on loan from Southampton in August.

Celtic may look at trying to make those deals permanent, having done likewise with Edouard in 2018 after he was initially loaned to the club for one season.

The Hoops seem to be well covered in most areas of the pitch after their summer recruitment drive, although the continued absence of Leigh Griffiths through injury, with Vakoun Issouf Bayo also sidelined recently, has left them light on centre-forward cover.

One player who could be brought in to add competition for Edouard is FC Copenhagen teenager Mohammed Daramy, with 90min.com reporting that he is a subject of interest for Celtic.

A striker seems likely to be the priority for Neil Lennon in the January transfer window, given their sparsity of options there compared to elsewhere on the pitch, and the successes of Forster and Elyounoussi could tempt him to dip into the loan market again.

In terms of outgoings, Celtic may decide to offload some fringe players, with the likes of Jack Hendry, Calvin Miller, Ewan Henderson and Marian Shved seeing little to no game-time.

The future of Scott Sinclair, who has made only six appearances all season and none since the end of September, could also become a topic of debate if he continues to be frozen out between now and January.

Celtic fans, what players would you like to see coming to the club in January and who do you think could be sold or loaned out? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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