Former Celtic and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Pat Bonner believes his former club have left their rebuilding job late by a year.

Bonner expressed a belief that the sudden halt to Celtic’s near-decade of domestic dominance merited a turning point in which players should be moved on.

Bonner stopped short of naming any individuals, though CQN notes that the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, Kristoffer Ajer and Olivier Ntcham have all been linked away from Parkhead in recent months.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun [via CQN], Bonner feels the summer is an opportune moment for the Bhoys to cash in – something that should have happened at the end of last season.

“There were too many players who thought they were going to get a big move and wanted out”, claimed Bonner.

“Maybe that should have happened at the start of the season. Two or three of them should have got out and cleared the decks for others to come in.”

In terms of just how ‘[clearing] the decks’ could manifest itself for Celtic in terms of raising funds, several suitors have been mentioned for some of the Hoops’ top players.

Kristoffer Ajer has been linked with a move to AC Milan in Italy, whilst Edouard has been courted for some time by Premier League clubs Leicester City and Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, it could be an ex-Celtic reunion for Ryan Christie who has been linked with a move to Southampton – where former Celtic ace Stuart Armstrong is plying his trade.

Should Celtic cash in on Ajer and Edouard?

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Read Celtic Verdict

Regaining momentum and challenging for honours is no easy feat, but Celtic should be choosy about how many key assets they offload to raise funds for a squad rebuild.

Losing too many stars in quick succession will exacerbate the pressures to wrap up deals swiftly, so Celtic are best-placed selling just one or two stars for significant fees, raising a handy transfer kitty in the process.