Celtic’s loan swoop for Manchester United’s Scott McTominay rests on their ability to offload some of their current midfield options, according to the Daily Record.
They report that Brendan Rodgers will only move if he can get rid of the likes of Nir Bitton and Eboue Kouassi, as well as Scott Allan, who has agreed a pre-contract deal to move to Hibernian at the end of the season.
If they could get all three of those engine room outcasts out of Parkhead this month, it would raise the wages and clear the space to bring in McTominay from Old Trafford before the end of the window.
But Rodgers may face an uphill battle now, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Marouane Fellaini’s injury decreases the chances of McTominay being allowed to leave this month.
As city rivals Rangers are finding out across town with Dundee’s Glen Kamara, a player who agrees a pre-contract agreement with a club would generally just prefer to join them and crack on as soon as possible.
Allan plainly doesn’t have a future at Parkhead and if there is any chance that offloading him early could increase their chances of landing Scotland international McTominay, Celtic should do it.