Termination Time: Celtic must rip up contract of £40,000-a-wk player after weekend events
COMMENT By Richard Parks
Celtic must rip up the contract of Charly Musonda as soon as the Scottish season ends.
His face clearly doesn’t fit under Brendan Rodgers and the Hoops top brass should look to negotiate an early release with Chelsea.
The wide forward, 21, arrived at Parkhead in the January transfer window on an 18-month loan from Chelsea but has made just eight appearances in all competitions for Brendan Rodgers’ side, only three of which have been starts.
In the last six Scottish Premiership fixtures, Rodgers has only used Musonda once and his place in the pecking order was made clear at the weekend when he failed to even make the matchday squad for the 4-0 Scottish Cup triumph over Rangers.
Celtic could lose an attacker or two in the summer, with the futures of Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair, Tom Rogic and Patrick Roberts up in the air, but the Belgium Under-21 international is clearly not the answer.
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If that is the case, Musonda must have the best agent on the planet.
He showed a flash of brilliance when he set up Callum McGregor’s winner against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League, but since then he has done nothing of note.
The bread-and-butter is the domestic competitions and Musonda is barely getting a look-in.
Chelsea are hardly likely to be impressed at the lack of opportunity for the youngster, and, if there is a get-out clause in the 18-month loan, the likelihood is growing that it will be activated.
Celtic should welcome such an intervention. It is termination time for Musonda.
In other Celtic news, a Sky Sports pundit has revealed that a Hoops ace is heading for the exit door.