Frank McAvennie expects multiple signings and exits at Celtic in the January transfer window.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, tipped the club to sanction a number of exits next month to make room in the squad for two new signings.

The Scottish Premiership champions signed Albian Ajeti, Vasilis Barkas and David Turnbull on permanent deals in the summer while Diego Laxalt and Shane Duffy joined on loan.

However, the aforementioned arrivals have by large failed to succeed at Parkhead with only Turnbull starting yesterday’s 3-0 win at Hamilton.

Speaking at Celtic’s AGM earlier this month, chief executive Peter Lawwell defended the club’s recruitment policy and pointed to the £35million spent over the past 14 months.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on transfers going into the winter window, McAvennie said: “I think there will be a clear out in January.

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“I think some of the boys will go, I really do.

“There will definitely be a couple coming through the door in January, that is a given.

“It is the kind of business that should have been done in the summer but I’ve heard a few of them were persuaded to stay for the 10 and that might not have been a good thing.

“Players want to leave and if I was the manager I would leave them out. It is fine but let the boys who want to be at the club play.

“Hopefully come January things will sort themselves out.”  

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