Celtic managed to bring in six players during the summer transfer window.
AC Milan left-back Diego Laxalt was the final addition, arriving on a season-long loan deal.
The Uruguayan joins Vasilios Barkas, Albian Ajeti, Shane Duffy, Moi Elyounoussi and David Turnbull through the door at Celtic Park, and the Hoops’ recruitment team will more than likely be turning their attention to the January window.
The turn of the year also gives the club the opportunity to explore pre-contract agreement deals with players who are out of contract at the end of the 2020/21 season.
So, with that in mind, we’ve listed 20 players who, currently, will be without a club next summer and could be available for Celtic to talk to in the New Year.
How many of these would you take at Celtic Park?
(The domestic transfer window in England is open until October 16th, so the situation of some of these players may change over the next 10 days.)
(All information provided by Transfermarkt and correct as of 7th October.)
One player Celtic seem keen on speaking to in the New Year is Charlton Athletic left-back Alfie Doughty. The youngster was the subject of two bids from the Hoops, who are now thought to be explorring the possibility of a pre-contract agreement.
If wingers are what Neil Lennon is after come January, he may well be interested in Crystal Palace’s Andros Towsend. Could the lure of European football for the 29-year-old tempt him?
Andre Ayew has been influential for Swansea City over the last 18 months. He can play anywhere across the midfield and was involved in 22 Championship goals in 44 appearances last season.
Another creative attacking midfielder who may well be available is Bradley Dack. He was the subject of Premier League interest last year, and despite his injury troubles, could be a shrewd addition by the Hoops.
If Neil Lennon’s after a poacher, then Dwight Gayle could be his man. He’s proven to be a prolific goalscorer over the years, especially at Championship level.
If Neil Lennon is after a more physical striker, Troy Deeney could be a more suitable target. His Watford contract is up at the end of the season, which could see him end his 10-year association with the Hornets.
Wolves’ Romain Saiss would provide Neil Lennon with a quality option at the back and in central midfield. It would be surprising if the Premier League side doesn’t offer him a new deal, but as it stands, Celtic could start discussing terms in January.
Germany international Max Meyer has struggled at Crystal Palace after joining in 2018. He’s got bundles of quality, though, so Neil Lennon may think he’d be a good addition to his midfield ranks.
Leeds left-back Barry Douglas was linked with a move to Celtic over the summer, however, a deal never materialised. If he doesn’t leave Elland Road before the end of the domestic window, the Hoops might think discussions over a return to Scotland would be a good idea.
Celtic have already been linked with a pre-contract deal for QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel. The highly-rated winger’s situation may change very soon though, with reports claiming the 22-year-old could sign a new deal with the Rs.
If Celtic want to add to their right-back options, Bournemouth’s Adam Smith could be a player of interest. He’s been a consistent performer for the Cherries in what has been a largely successful seven-year stay.
Celtic recently signed a left-back who played at the 2018 World Cup, so why not do the same on the right side? Senegal international Youssouf Sabaly is currently with Bordeaux, who wanted €15m for the defender earlier in the year.
Burnley midfielder Jack Cork is another who could be available on a free. You never know, if the Clarets suffer relegation to the Championship, Cork may be open to the idea of moving north.
Celtic may well be on the lookout for another left-back when Diego Laxalt returns to AC Milan at the end of the season. Could Ryan Bertrand be of interest to the Hoops? The Southampton man is on course to end his five-year association at St Mary’s.
Another Saints star who could leave for nothing at the end of the season is Oriol Romeu. He’s also been with the club for five years and would add plenty of defensive steel to the Hoops’ midfield.
Celtic have had a history of signing players from America in recent years, however, one USA international not far from Celtic Park is DeAndre Yedlin. The pacey right-back looks likely to leave Newcastle United over the next 10 months.
Steve Cook has plied his trade with Bournemouth since 2012, but his current Cherries deal is up at the end of the season. The central defender has plenty of Premier League expeirence and could be a shrewd signing by the Hoops.
Another central defender with Premier League experience is West Ham’s Fabian Balbuena. The 29-year-old has featured heavily in the Hammers’ recent upturn in form, so he might be tied down to a new deal over the coming months.
Versatile Crystal Palace man Jeffrey Schlupp is another who could begin talks with the Hoops in the New Year. He can play at left-back and as a left-winger and may well be a handy acquisition at Celtic Park.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson
The final man on our list is Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson. His involvement at Turfmoor has decreased over recent years and he would bring plenty of experience and versatility to Neil Lennon’s side.