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Three players Celtic must replace this summer

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

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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.

Life long lover of sport in general with a soft spot for football. A consistent defender of Scottish football as a spectacle. Desperately waiting to see my country qualify for a major tournament.

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Record fee for Odsonne Edouard is a gamble that Celtic must take

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The Scottish Sun have reported that Scottish champions Celtic are prepared to break their record transfer fee to keep Frenchman Odsonne Edouard at Celtic Park next season.

The 20-year-old’s loan spell with the Hoops was very much a success, as he scored 11 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions. The youngster made just 12 league starts and still managed to finish as the club’s second-highest goalscorer as Brendan Rodgers’ side recorded a second successive treble winning season.

Considering he is still a teenager and is not even close to fulfilling his undeniable potential, Brendan Rodgers will definitely be considering making a move for the Paris Saint Germain loanee if his goal scoring stats were to keep improving.

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The biggest concern regarding the move is the club record fee that Celtic would be forced to pay. Spending £10 million on such a young player, would be a huge game, especially considering he is still yet to play for PSG and wasn’t a regular starter for the majority of the campaign.

However, any slightly concerned Hoops supporters will look to Edouard’s moment of sheer brilliance during the most recent Old Firm game at Ibrox, when the youngster scored a stunning winner that involved a sublime touch and a drop of the shoulder to fire the winner home for the green side of Glasgow.

At just 20 years of age, Edouard was able to turn the biggest Scottish Premier League game of the season on its head. This is a sign to fans that he could a player who simply thrives when the pressure is applied.

His moment of class against the Gers should perhaps convince Rodgers that Edouard may be the kind of player who would relish the opportunity at being the club’s record signing.

His promising record is encouraging and, with more starts next season, his current stats could look very pedestrian if the Frenchman continues to improve. Despite the high fee, it could prove to be a bargain if the youngster is given the time to find his place in, arguably, one of Scotland’s greatest ever squads.

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Celtic should consider approaching PSG for Alec Georgen after Odsonne Edouard success

Celtic should get back in touch with PSG again this summer.

Mathew Coull

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It looks as though Celtic will be able to tie up the permanent transfer of striker Odsonne Edouard this summer. As reported by the Daily Mail it appears Celtic are ready to pay £5 million for the Paris Saint-Germain striker with add-ons set to make the overall figure increase.

The 20-year-old was something of an unknown when arriving at Parkhead on loan last summer. But he has impressed, with 11 goals in 29 appearances and in the last two months of the season, in particular, he looked a real threat.

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After the success of this loan deal, it is easy to wonder whether Celtic might want to be in touch with PSG again this summer over another loan deal, for their talented right-back Alec Georgen.

The 19-year-old defender has spent this season out on loan in Holland. His agent Mino Raiola sorted a move to play with Jong AZ, the youth team of AZ Alkmaar. Here he played four consecutive games at the start of his loan spell in the Dutch second tier. Jong AZ won all four of those games, with the player receiving rave reviews. But an Achilles problem cut short his season and that was that for Georgen.

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But the teenager, who is the captain of PSG’s under-19 side is a top talent. The French youth international, who helped his nation with the under-17 Euros in 2015, is considered a star for the future at both club and international level.

As for Celtic, they could use reinforcements in the right-back position. Mikael Lustig’s powers are starting to wain and Brendan Rodgers certainly needs new recruits in the position.

Georgen is a wonderful talent with the potential to go on and become a star for both PSG and France.

After the success of their deal for Edouard, it would be a good move from Celtic to go back to the French capital and see what they say about their teenage right-back prodigy.

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Erik Sviatchenko could be like a new signing for Celtic next season

The Danish defender spent the second half of the season away from Celtic on loan.

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January saw Celtic decide to let Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko make a move back to his former club FC Midtjylland on loan. The centre-back was having an indifferent campaign at Celtic. After suffering a knee injury at the start of the season he found himself struggling for first-team football at Parkhead. Kristoffer Ajer’s development into a central defender and the presence of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic saw him pushed out of the matchday squad altogether.

It was a shame to see him pushed out in this manner. Sviatchenko had an excellent 2016-17 campaign with the club, playing 43 times for the Scottish club and establishing himself as a genuine first-team option.

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Sviatchenko had shown great development in his 18 months at the club. He joined the club in a £1.5 million deal from FC Midtjylland in January 2016 and it appeared Celtic had a bargain on their hands.

But after his struggles this season, perhaps Celtic is a step up he cannot quite handle.

Although, the opposite might also be true. In fact, the £1.5 million man might actually be like a new signing this summer.

Sviatchenko had an excellent spell back at his former club. He quickly played himself back into the first-team at the club. His presence helped an inspired run toward the Danish Superliga title.

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In the end, they managed to overturn the points lead that Brondby had and this week won the league title for the second time in their short history.

His form has shown that he is still more than capable of playing a role for Celtic. His season was decimated by that injury at an extremely unfortunate time from which he could not get back into a settled and successful team.

But this summer, he will have a chance in pre-season to push for first-team football at Celtic once again.

Fans who remember his better days in a Celtic shirt will be happy to welcome him back, as he could become a crucial member of the Celtic squad once again in 2018-19.

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