By Frank McAvennie

16th May, 2022 | 7:52am

Celtic expected to sign four stars after £40m+ development - expert

Celtic must sign four first-team players to compete in the Champions League next season.

That’s according to former Hoops hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Ange Postecoglou’s summer plans.

Celtic will return to the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 2017-18 campaign after winning the Scottish Premiership title.

The Hoops summer business is already underway with The Scottish Sun (10 May) reporting the club is close to completing the signing of Hammarby defender Mohanad Jeahze, 25.

After disappointing runs in the Europa Conference League and Europa League this season, McAvennie insists the club will want a stronger run in the Champions League next term.

The Hoops icon claims four new players will have to come through the door to make that happen.

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“New players have to come in, that’s for sure,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“We have a pretty good squad at the moment but we saw how stretched it got when we were playing in Europe.

“It will be even harder in the Champions League next season as well so new players will have to come in.

“I think four players, around that number, hopefully more. Four players who can challenge for a starting spot or of that quality to start every week.

“We are getting that money so hopefully Ange gets a bit to spend. I’m sure he will because he has worked wonders with this squad.

The Daily Record (4 May), claim Celtic are set to make upwards of £40million from their participation in next season’s Champions League group stage.

The Hoops won their final game of the season (14 May) 6-0 against Motherwell.

In other news, pundit expects Celtic to sell big-name player this summer.