The likes of Albian Ajeti and Vasilis Barkas could be part of a summer “cull” under a new manager at Celtic.
That is according to former Scotland boss Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a “clean slate” would not save every player at Parkhead.
Ajeti, 24, and Barkas, 26, have been branded as two of the Hoops’ biggest flops this season after their big-money moves to Glasgow last summer.
Both started life as regulars under Neil Lennon but were soon relegated to playing second-fiddle to the starting XI.
With the Northern Irish manager gone, McLeish admitted the duo might be shipped out by his replacement this summer.
Asked if he thought Ajeti and Barkas would be given second chances, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “That is probably uppermost in the players’ thinking, a clean slate.
“They want a new manager to come in and say: ‘Guys, I’m familiar with you all. I’ve watched the videos of you in action. I think you could do this better, you could do that better and you’re part of my plans.
“However, I would think there would be some sort of cull when the manager comes in and Ajeti and Barkas could be part of it.”
Barkas made nine consecutive league starts after joining Celtic but has made just four since October.
Meanwhile, Ajeti has netted just one Premiership goal since September.