This may well be the most important summer in Celtic’s recent history. After losing their grip on the title, they’ll have to come out and make a declaration of intent.
It might be easier said than done with the threat of Odsonne Edouard’s departure, but a new manager and even a new CEO should help calm things down.
One of the first priorities will be to address the playing team. A mass exodus of around 12 players could occur if you believe the predictions of The Athletic so that there may be openings for some of their players. young players.
After all, this is one area the Hoops are striving to improve on with the arrival of Liam Shaw and ties to Kyle Joseph and Kwadwo Baah.
This is clearly an important area for the Bhoys to target given that Cameron Harper is already gone and Karamoko Dembele’s contract expires.
An opening could be at left-back where Diego Laxalt will leave a space behind when he returns to Milan. With Boli Bolingoli’s future also uncertain, that may well leave Greg Taylor as the only option.
Should Paterson have a chance next season?
With that in mind, Celtic should consider releasing 19-year-old Brody Paterson.
The left-back has never been on the senior Hoops squad, but has made promising progress on loan at Queen’s Park this season.
Present at left-back and left of the midfielder, he could be one of many players, including Adam Montgomery and Luca Connell, to have an opportunity in 2020/21.
But why should Paterson have a chance? Well, he fits the mantra of a modern full-back, bombarding forward with great regularity.
When he first wrote about a temporary stay at Queen’s Park last year, head coach Ray McKinnon said, “I’m delighted we’ve been able to get Brody to join us this season. He’s a very talented and athletic young player who will give us good balance and options up and down on the left side of the pitch.
Paterson didn’t have too much play to get his teeth into, but he did get the Man of the match award when Queen’s Park lost 3-1 to Queen of the South.
A player with athletic qualities, he will certainly fit into the offensive nature Celtic are trying to play with. Taylor has been in great shape lately, playing 2.1 key assists per game in his last ten outings.
With Laxalt and Bolingoli potentially set to come out, the teenager should have a chance to step in and play Taylor’s second violin. Celtic clearly notes that too. He didn’t sign a new deal until May of last year, a deal that will keep him in heaven until at least 2023.
Paterson has now earned his first taste of senior football and deserves to be a part of Celtic’s rebuild.
AND in other news Celtic must mercilessly chop a £ 15,000 p / w flop this summer, Lennon once called it ‘stupid’ …