Lagerbielke set to be next Celtic exit after Hakšabanović

Celtic expected to sell Gustaf Lagerbielke in the near future as the Scottish Champions look to recoup their outlay for the Swedish defender.

Gustaf Lagerbielke of Celtic FC during the UEFA Champions League match between Feyenoord and Celtic FC at Feyenoord Stadion de Kuip on September 19, 2023.Photo VI ANP Sport Jeroen Putmans

The 24-year-old was signed from Elfsborg last summer but has failed to make an impact at Celtic.

As reported by Football Insider, Celtic are keen to continue their reshape their squad in the image of Brendan. The manager was in charge when Lagerbielke arrived but it is clear that he does not see the defender having a future at the club.

Lagerbielke signed for Celtic after being recommended to the club by Carl Starfelt’s agent, who switched to La Liga to join Celta Vigo. The £3m switch was expected to be a replacement for his compatriot, with Maik Nawrocki also arriving in the summer. However, the Swedish central defender made just ten appearances as well as scoring one goal – the win against Feyenoord in the UCL.

There have been rumours of Starfelt returning from Spain, which would push Lagerbielke further out of the first team picture. Stephen Welsh and Nawrocki are ahead of Lagerbielke with CCV and Liam Scales were the preferred pairing for Rodgers as Celtic won League and Scottish Cup Double. Hopefully, Celtic can recoup some of the cash that they paid to Elfsborg last summer.

Rodgers clearly spent last year working through the squad and determining whether players had a future at the club or not. The manager will have decided that Sead Hakšabanović was surplus to requirements, which prompted his exit while players like Oh are also tipped to depart as the Irishman looks to put his stamp on the team ahead of his second season in charge.

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  1. No disrespect to the guy, but he should never have been purchased and is the classic example of what you get when you buy for the sake of buying! EXACTLY what some fans are looking for right now as they panic because a thirteen year old club across the city is spending money they don’t even have, on players they can’t afford!
    Gus was a panic buy!

  2. The unexpected rise of scales for ourselves, ended the largerman opportunity before it had a chance to get started imo?
    Looked like Rodgers wanted 5CB in place last season within the squad building process, and ended up getting such in place for ourselves, so can understand the signing of the largerman?
    Yet things totally changed with the injury crisis at CB early on last season, and certainly wouldn’t have been within the foresight of the planning imo?
    Yet it has changed again, when a left sided CB position is available within our squad at present imo?
    Could become a choice between lawal and Welsh for the 5th choice role within our squad, especially as I believe Rodgers will still construct a 25man squad with 5CB options still available within it imo?
    Hardly a panic position for ourselves to fill either, even if I don’t see CCV and scales been our 1st choice CB partnership next season imo?
    Course that means no place is available within our squad for the largerman any longer.
    Yet even though his opportunities were so limited with ourselves, he still managed to contribute towards an unexpected victory at the scum with such a weakened team, and a massive CL winning goal to his name also.
    So wouldn’t regard the largerman as a total waste of money either imo?
    The Celtic opportunities never worked out for him, like many beforehand and many in the future also to come?
    But wish him well in his future adventures within the game and hopefully we can recoup a fair bit of our outlay upon him also?
    But will give players credit for wanting to further their footballing careers, than just sitting upon contracts for providing nothing, like we have with Mccarthy, or the masters of the scum with stock piling such players imo?