Frank McAvennie claims John Kennedy already knows which Celtic stars will leave the club this summer. 

The former Celtic striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Kennedy’s team selection against Rangers will shine a light on which players will still be at Parkhead next year.

Football Insider understands that Odsonne Edouard is one player eyeing a summer move with West Ham now in pole position to secure his signature. 

Celtic are facing a summer of change off the pitch too, as they prepare to appoint a new manager and part company with long time chief executive Peter Lawwell.

In light of a potential summer exodus, McAvennie claims Kennedy won’t start players who are likely to leave in what is such an important game against Rangers.

McAvennie, who lives in Glasgow and remains closely connected to Celtic, admitted he is getting caught up in all of the talk he’s hearing about summer exits with decisions made on some players.

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“John knows who’s leaving and that might affect things,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I don’t know who yet, there’s a lot of talk up here saying ‘this player’s going to leave, no actually this player’s going to leave’.

“I get caught up in it from different sources. We’ll wait and see. But why would John bother playing the players who won’t be here next year? 

“His team selection against Rangers could be a sign of who’s going to be here next season.”


Celtic face Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Sunday with a win giving the club a chance to win silverware in what has been a bitterly disappointing season.

The Hoops take good form into the latest edition of the Old Firm after hitting Livingston for six last weekend.

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