Noel Whelan insists Celtic need to sell some of their star players in the summer but not just for financial reasons. 

The former Leeds man, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed there needs to be wholesale changes at the club after a poor season.

On Monday, Celtic posted financial results for the six months ending December 2020 which revealed a pre-tax loss of £5.9million.

The Hoops sold Jeremie Frimpong to Bayer Leverkusen in January and Whelan believes more players need to follow him out of the door in the summer.

Asked for his verdict on the worrying financial results, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs:

“They need to sell players in general. You had players who wanted to leave at the start of the season and they’ll still want to go. 

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“It’s not been a great season. They’re not going to win the Premiership so those players who didn’t want to play at the start of the season, take them out of the equation. 

“There needs to be a big turnaround and change at Celtic despite their pick up in form right now. 

“There are certain players who have shown that they don’t want to be there. The first thing they should do is have a little bit of a shakeup.

“Get the players out who don’t want to be there and bring in some fresh blood. There needs to be changes from top to bottom. 

“We don’t know who the manager is going to be yet. Is it going to be Neil Lennon or are they going to make a change in that department?”

Celtic currently sit 18 points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership though the Hoops have a game in hand.

That game in hand will be played on Wednesday as Lennon’s side welcome Aberdeen to Celtic Park.

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