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Chris Sutton predicts Cristian Gamboa to leave Celtic

Cristian Gamboa #16 of Costa Rica chases down the ball in front of Bobby Wood #7 of United States during a match in the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Soldier Field on June 7, 2016 in...

Chris Sutton reckons Cristian Gamboa has no future at Celtic.

Cristian Gamboa #16 of Costa Rica chases down the ball in front of Bobby Wood #7 of United States during a match in the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Soldier Field on June 7, 2016 in...

Chris Sutton has told The Record he believes that Cristian Gamboa is "unlikely" to be staying at Celtic beyond this summer.

The 28-year-old joined Celtic for £1 million in 2016 [Herald Scotland] but has only started 15 Scottish Premiership games for the Hoops across a two-year period.

The Costa Rican right-back, whose contract expires next summer, could attract interest over the coming weeks if he impresses in the World Cup.

Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers signed up Tom Rogic to a long-term contract last month, with the Australian's previous deal also running until 2019, but Celtic legend Sutton reckons that Gamboa has no future at Parkhead.

"I was adamant getting the Aussie nailed onto a long-term contract would be the best piece of work the club could do this summer and at this stage I’m standing by that statement," he told The Record.

Celtic's  Cristian Gamboa stretches during a training session at the Celtic Training Centre in Lennoxtown, Scotland on October 30, 2017, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group B...

"Seeing Rogic go to a World Cup with just a year to go on his deal and a new extension still not signed would not have been ideal and the offers would have flooded in from elsewhere if he shone.

"Knowing the way the World Cup works they might get offers anyway regardless of the fact he’s signed that deal but Celtic are protected for a huge fee now and the player also seems happy to stay put. Lustig won’t be going anywhere and Gamboa is unlikely to be staying, so their participation and situations are not so crucial."

The former West Bromwich Albion defender isn't all that bad and if Mikael Lustig continues to regress after last season then Celtic could really do with someone of Gamboa's ilk in reserve.

At the moment, it's him, Lustig and Anthony Ralston as right-back options, and a productive stint in Russia over the next few weeks might propel him to the top of Rodgers's pecking order in Glasgow.

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