Pundit View: Three Celtic stars set for exit this yr amid two big updates - Exclusive
Olivier Ntcham could lead Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer out of Celtic ahead of a summer “overhaul”.
That is the view of former Rangers and Scotland defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes it is time for the Bhoys to start cashing in on their assets and build a squad of players who actually want to be at Parkhead.
As revealed by Football Insider, Celtic have decided to allow Ntcham, 24, to leave this month and have slashed their asking price to just £7million.
But with 18 months left on his contract, the Hoops have decided to cash in.
Hutton, who admitted he is a fan of Ntcham, insisted the Bhoys need to recoup as much money as possible and suggested the Frenchman could be the first of several big-name exits between now and the start of next season.
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“I like him as a player, I’ve always said that, I like the way he plays the game but Southampton were obviously keeping about for a while and the contract’s running down,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“It doesn’t look like he’s going to sign again so I think you need to cash in as soon as possible.
“I don’t think it’ll be January, but, and this is what I’m saying, a squad overhaul. Maybe it’s like: ‘Right, the ones that don’t want to be here, let’s move them on now and get people in that want to fight and want to be at this club and move forward.’
“I think Ntcham is one of the ones, the likes of Ajer as well, Edouard, these guys seem to me as if they could be on the move.”
Following Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Livingston, the Bhoys currently sit 20 points behind Rangers in the Premiership title race.