Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers feels there will be a number of outgoing transfers during this month’s window, but all in service of developing players to reach their full potential, specifically referencing players such as Lewis Morgan and Scott Allan.
With the Hoops being so successful over the last few years, it’s hard for players to step up and make the breakthrough into the starting eleven.
It has happened of course, but rarely, with Ryan Christie the only real notable example over the last 12 months.
That leaves players like Morgan and Allan in something of a limbo, either getting no action at all or being limited to fleeting appearances from the bench.
Rodgers feels like some could benefit massively from getting game time elsewhere following in the footsteps of the impressive Christie.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Hoops boss said:
I think there will be some players who go out.
They need to get games and need to play. We’ve had a number of loan enquiries. We’ve had conversations with guys we feel it would benefit to go out and play.
The choice of club is important. It’s about getting the right club. Ryan went to Derek McInnes. I had a good relationship with Derek and I knew the type of work he’d give him in terms of the game and focus.
Aberdeen is also a club where you’re expected to win so the pressure was there. We knew he would get the physicality and the growth mentally of playing week in, week out and feeling that pressure.
At this stage of Scott Allan’s career, it seems unlikely he will ever make the grade at Celtic, despite receiving praise from the manager for his professionalism and training.
For Morgan though it’s far from too late and a spell out on loan at an ambitious club like Aberdeen or Sunderland could do him the world of good and have him closer to making the required impact in the first-team squad.
Hopefully Rodgers and his coaching staff find the right environments for these players to progress their career and ultimately benefit Celtic.