Celtic Faces Crucial Decisions as Player Contracts Near Expiration

Celtic Faces Crucial Decisions as Player Contracts Near Expiration…

As we approach the summer of 2024, Celtic finds itself at a critical juncture with the contracts of four key players set to expire. This presents a significant challenge and opportunity for Brendan Rodgers and the Celtic management team to make strategic decisions that will shape the team’s future.

Key Players Approaching Contract End

Joe Hart

Joe Hart: The veteran goalkeeper has decided against moving to another club, opting to retire after a distinguished career. Hart has been instrumental at Celtic Park, serving as the first-choice goalkeeper for three years. His departure means Celtic must seek a strong successor in the transfer market, as the current backup options do not seem sufficient.

Scott Bain

Scott Bain: Another goalkeeper, Bain’s tenure at Celtic is also coming to an end. Unlike Hart, Bain’s departure might not leave as significant a void, given his status as a less frequent player in recent times. His journey at Celtic has been memorable, including a standout debut in the Glasgow derby. However, it appears the club might explore promoting talent from within or seeking external options to fill his role.

Adam Idah
Paulo Bernardo. Photo Andrew Milligan

Adam Idah and Paulo Bernardo: Both on loan, their contracts are due to expire soon. While Celtic has an option to sign Bernardo permanently, no such clause exists for Idah. Bernardo’s performances have made a positive impression, suggesting a potential permanent move could be on the cards, contingent on the player’s preference and Benfica’s cooperation. Idah, despite lacking a permanent option in his contract, has shown a strong desire to stay at Celtic, making a notable impact with crucial goals and quickly becoming a fan favorite.

Strategic Decisions Ahead

This period of transition requires careful planning from Celtic’s management. Replacing Joe Hart will be a priority, given his pivotal role and the need for a high-caliber goalkeeper to step into his shoes. The decision on Scott Bain will likely hinge on evaluating internal talent and the market to find a suitable backup or potential first-choice keeper.

The situations with Idah and Bernardo offer interesting dilemmas. Bernardo’s potential permanent signing would depend on mutual interest and negotiation outcomes, whereas Idah’s keenness to remain at Celtic could prompt the club to explore possible arrangements to secure his services beyond the loan spell. These strategic decisions are of keen interest to the football betting community, as they could directly influence Celtic’s performance and betting odds in the next season.

Looking Forward

Brendan Rodgers

As the summer transfer window approaches, Celtic’s management faces crucial decisions that will significantly impact the team’s composition and prospects. Balancing the need to replace key players like Joe Hart with the opportunity to secure promising talent like Paulo Bernardo and Adam Idah will be paramount.

The choices made during this period will not only address immediate gaps but also set the stage for Celtic’s future direction and success. For football betting enthusiasts, these developments will provide valuable insights into Celtic’s potential performance, shaping betting strategies and odds as the next season unfolds.

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk


  1. No doubt we are going to be in for a massive summer regardless of how this season plays out.
    Yet who are going to be making the decisions after a season of dreadful decision making this season?
    Personally don’t believe Rodgers will be in the position of manager even if he wins a double imo?
    We currently look nothing like a worthy CL team which is a totally unacceptable situation to find ourselves in at present?
    Massive failure upon Rodgers to see so many players going backwards in there Celtic careers, especially when a majority of them were who we were looking to kick on with in CL football?
    Be very surprised if Bain was to be offered a new contract, especially when we will possibly be able to fill the 8 homegrown players without Bain now, so potentially looking for 2 keepers now imo?
    Thinking that a few of our established players will also be looking to move on also?
    So a massive summer possibly awaits, and wouldn’t like to call how it could all unfold, and possibly impossible to say, without knowing what the future of Rodgers is going to be?
    Personally believe a total clear out is required, with management and coaching staff as its becoming so stale in that regards?
    Way to much deadwood on our hands within the playing squad also?
    Would like to see a total overhaul at boardroom level, but can’t see the main culprits giving up there seats of power within the club to easily either, even if its the most popular demand among our support imo?