Celtic have a colossal 33 players in their squad at the moment – a figure manager Brendan Rodgers is eager to see fall.

The Hoops have accumulated a great number of players over the last few years, and Rodgers is seemingly ready to cash in on a number of those players.

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Speaking to the Scotsman, the Northern Irishman said:

There’s no denying we’ve got too many players,

That’s something I said a way back in pre-season.

To really have a competitive squad is very, very important to push players and to extend the quality in which you can play.

But we have too many players that either didn’t go out because they felt the need to stay at Celtic and play and some people that couldn’t get a club. So that has meant that our squad is very, very bloated.

I think that when I came in here I mentioned that we had 29 in our squad plus goalkeepers which I felt was way too big to work on quality and now we’ve actually got more than that.

Keen to concentrate on a select few players, it seems Rodgers is resigned to losing multiple squad members.

The coach went on to say:

I’ve got boys that are really, really respectful, good guys,

But there’s probably too many around the group in all fairness that aren’t playing and will have known that they’re not going to play.

What we will always try to do is respect the players choices and as long as you’re clear and players know where they stand, then really it’s about the desire and will of players to want to play football.

But once they’re Celtic players and once they sign you have to respect that and you have to work.

It might be worth Bhoys fans keeping an eye on those players who are currently lacking first-team football, with those men the prime candidates to make their Celtic Park exits.

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