By Danny Mills

4th Dec, 2021 | 2:00pm

Celtic 'free transfer' mooted as clearout on the cards - Mills

Ange Postecoglou’s plan for a Celtic clearout in January could be halted by “stubborn” players, according to Danny Mills.

The former Leeds defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 56-year-old will have decided who he wants to leave Parkhead in the winter window.

As quoted by the Herald (1 December), Celtic boss Postecoglou confirmed he expects some players to leave next month, adding that such departures were “natural as everything progresses”.

However, the Australian maintained that the Hoops needed to add talent in the transfer window, saying “squad-wise we are not where we want to be”.

However, Mills insisted some players surplus to requirements at Parkhead could choose to run down their contracts rather than depart the club mid-season.

“These players are under contract. Someone is going to have to take over their wages,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

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“Whether that’s free transfers or deals with fees involved. Sometimes it’s easy to identify players that you don’t want but getting them out of the door can prove difficult.

“Postecoglou will have a list of players he doesn’t want. However, some of them could be stubborn, put their foot down, turn around and say: ‘You know what? I’m staying.’

“It’s as simple as that. They won’t want to go, and they’ll see their contract out.”

Postecoglou added eight players to the Celtic ranks in a frantic summer window, including star performers Kyogo Furuhashi and Jota.

Celtic trail Glasgow rivals Rangers by four points in the Scottish Premiership.

The Hoops face Dundee United tomorrow (5 December) in a bid to close the gap.

In other news, Alex McLeish stunned after “one hell of a stat” emerges at Celtic.