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Three players Celtic must replace this summer

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Three players Celtic must replace this summer

It is set to be a busy summer transfer window at Celtic Park.

Celtic look on course to secure a second consecutive domestic treble, with only a Scottish Cup final against Motherwell standing in their way.

Should the club get through that fixture, Brendan Rodgers will have picked up every domestic trophy available to him during his Celtic tenure so far, having stormed to the league title last season, defeating Aberdeen in both domestic cup finals along the way.

Nobody will argue against the fact that Celtic have not reached the heights that they achieved last term, with regards to form, consistency, dominance and a number of other factors.

However, the Hoops can still hold their heads high having lost less than a handful of games on the domestic scene throughout Rodgers’ two seasons in charge, a remarkable achievement in itself.

With the summer transfer window rapidly approaching. However, some areas of the squad are in desperate need of addressing.

We have selected three current Bhoys who the club could do with replacing in the coming summer months.

Mikael Lustig

Swedish veteran Mikael Lustig will have his heart set on remaining at the club for 10 titles in a row, but unfortunately for the 31-year-old, his time at Celtic Park may be up.

The right-back has enjoyed a consistent six seasons leading up to the current campaign, during which he has made the position his own at the club.

However, this campaign has seen his form diminish and he has made a number of costly mistakes.

Lustig could perhaps be kept on as a back up option, in a similar fashion to Emilio Izaguirre, deputising for rising star Kieran Tierney in his final season.

Nonetheless, as a long-standing starting right-back, Lustig may not be interested in such a role.

Either way, right-back has been a key component in the abysmal Celtic defending this season, and a move for Lustig would not be the worst thing to happen at the club.

Stuart Armstrong

Stuart Armstrong has experienced mixed fortunes this season, enduring various stints on the sidelines through injury which have hampered his form throughout.

Irrespective of this, he has fallen behind in the midfield pecking order, with Callum McGregor’s stature at the club continuing to rise and Tom Rogic proving his importance continually through magnificent match-winning performances in the big games.

It is not that Armstrong has been playing terribly, but with a number of players in his position fairly stacked, it seems only sensible to allow a midfielder to go. Unfortunately for the Scotland international, the others have simply outperformed him during the current campaign.

On top of this, at 25 years of age, the club will be able to bring in some money from his sale, with interested from the Premier League arising in the past.

Dedryk Boyata

Celtic’s central defenders have come under a lot of criticism this season, and rightly so. On too many occasions the defence has been caught out, and a big change up is required.

Each of the centre-backs have experienced hot and cold periods this season, but it is safe to say the Boyata has been exposed on far too many occasions, especially during the most important games.

Following his efforts in Celtic’s 3-2 victory over Rangers at Ibrox, many Hoops fans will have made their minds up on the Belgian.

Being almost directly at fault for two of the Rangers goals, this is simply unacceptable from an international quality defender playing for a top nation.

The distinct lack of confidence that Hoops fans have when Boyata lines up is enough evidence that it should be time for the 27-year-old to move on.

With a history of playing for Manchester City, Celtic and Belgium in his career, Boyata should have no problem finding a suitable new club.

Like Armstrong, he would recoup some money for the club to re-invest in players for future transfers.

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