A prediction for the Celtic starting XI for the first game of next season, involving a mix of players based on who’s likely to still be at the club beyond the summer and a number of potential targets in the transfer market.
Eddie Howe is very likely to be named the next manager of Celtic, it’s simply a matter of time. Discussions are ongoing behind the scenes but reports coming out of Parkhead strongly suggest Howe will eventually be unveiled as the successor to Neil Lennon.
It’s been an incredibly trying time for supporters but the news will finally herald the dawn of a new era and allow fans to begin dreaming once again of success in the future. And that begins this summer with Howe’s first recruitment drive as Celtic boss. Though he’ll want to keep some sort of continuity, there are likely to be several new faces when next campaign gets underway...
5. DC - Steve Cook
With Kristoffer Ajer expected to leave, finding a partner for Jullien will be imperative. Cook, who played under Howe at Bournemouth, is a name which regularly pops up. Photo: Jan Kruger
6. MC - Callum McGregor
The club stalwart will be hoping a change in manager will see him return to the form he showed consistently under Brendan Rodgers. Photo: Ross Parker - SNS Group
7. MR - James Forrest
Another who missed most of 2020/21 through injury, Forrest is still one of the premier players in Scottish football when available - though Celtic need to sign someone to battle with him. Photo: Craig Foy - SNS Group
8. MC - James McCarthy
Another constantly linked with a move, the boyhood Hoops fan would provide experience, leadership and some real quality to the centre of the park. Photo: SNS Group Rob Casey