Pukki among three players who must leave Celtic this summer

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The Finland international has failed to warm the hearts of the Celtic faithful and is among three players who should look to leave Parkhead this summer.

After a season of success in the Scottish Premiership tempered by disappointments in Europe and the two cup competitions, Neil Lennon would be wise to instigate a mini-summer clearout.

With that in mind, here are three players who should be heading for the Celtic Park exit.

Teemu Pukki

Having failed to make the grade at Schalke in the Bundesliga, Neil Lennon took something of a gamble on Pukki, hoping that Celtic would reap the same kind of return as the Hoops previously did when bringing Henrik Larsson to the club following a difficult few years with Feyenoord.

However the Finn has been unable to match the Swede’s superb return of 19 goals in his debut campaign in Scotland, scoring just six goals all term, albeit with the forward often playing in a wider role for the Bhoys.

Although just 24, Pukki cost Celtic a reported £3 million and having struggled with form and fitness, the time to sell on a player with spells at Sevilla in La Liga and a stint in Germany on his CV may be fast approaching.

Derk Boerrigter

Another continental gamble, at 27-years-old Boerrigter should be the finished article at Celtic, having moved to Parkhead from Ajax over the summer.

However the winger has so far failed to make much in the way of an impact with the Hoops, starting just five games this term with injuries and a lack of consistent form damaging his chances.

Question marks also surround his temperament with the Dutchman making headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this year, after calling out Lennon over the tactics deployed by Celtic this term, claiming that they did not help his chances of impressing for the Hoops.

“Celtic’s current tactics don’t work to my advantage,” he told the Daily Record at the time.

“…it is my intention to get into the starting line-up in the foreseeable future. If that doesn’t happen I will have to go and knock on the manager’s door and we will need to talk.”

Fraser Forster

Something of an alternative to the aforementioned pair, Forster’s imminent departure offers pluses for both the player and individual with the English stopper’s stock unlikely to get any higher at Celtic Park.

A league title winner with the Bhoys, Forster played a starring role at Parkhead this term, keeping a record 13 league clean sheets in a row to surpass the previous club record of ten set by Charlie Shaw back in 1922. He also set a new clean sheet run record of 1,256 minutes, a total that surpassed the Scottish League record of 1,155 minutes set by Bobby Clark.

With progress in the Champions League likely to be a tough ask again and with Forster eager to progress his fledgling international career with England, a move looks likely.

And Celtic would be wise to cash-in on the keeper now, with former club Newcastle United likely to be in the market for a replacement to the potentially-outgoing Tim Krul and happy to pay a premium for a stopper of Forster’s quality.

Hold on to the player and both club and individual could suffer, with any potential slump or frustrations likely to promote unwanted disharmony amongst those at Celtic.

 

 

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