Celtic are sure to reduce their squad size this summer.
Speaking to the Evening Times, Davie Hay has addressed the big issue in the Celtic squad, claiming that Ronny Deila will prioritise the thinning out and balancing of the team in the summer transfer window.
Hay said: “The big issue is just how bloated the squad is – especially in midfield. You have guys like Ryan Christie and Scott Allan who are not getting much game time and then there are also a number out on loan. Trying to find a bit more balance, especially in the middle of the park, is something I would imagine will be a priority as we head towards the summer and these qualifiers.”
Celtic just completed the signing of Kristoffer Ajer, adding another midfielder to a team that is loaded with central players - many of whom cannot even get a game at this moment in time.
Ajer, 17, will join the likes of Ryan Christie and Scott Allan as part of a squad in which they struggle for game time, as it is hard to imagine he will become an immediate first choice player.
Including players who are out on loan, and Ajer, Celtic will have 17 midfielders to call upon next term, which is far too many for any team - even one competing for every competition.
Some of these players are sure to leave before the start of next season, and the younger players will probably spend another campaign out on loan, but Deila needs to manage the size of his team correctly.
He does not simply want to sign players for the sake of it, especially as there are a number of exciting talents hoping to break through at Parkhead.
Delia is building a squad that he is hoping can compete on the European stage, but the huge bloating of the side could actually cost the Bhoys if not handled correctly.