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Celtic have a quite long list of players who have their contracts expiring in the summer which could be strongly impacted by the suspension of Scottish football.
Contracts run out on May 31 or June 30 and if the league is extended into July due to the outbreak of coronavirus, this is another problem that needs to be solved.
According to football.london loan players may be given an option to sign contract extensions, while pre-contract agreements and transfers already agreed are still expected to be completed on July 1.
However, players who are to be free agents have no legal obligation to stay at the club when their deals expire.
Ex-Liverpool and Tottenham director of football Damien Comolli has talked about the situation on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“Legally, players’ contracts end on June 30. So if the season has to go beyond June 30, we will have to do some special contracts or shorten contracts of a month or two months, which has never been before,” he said.
Celtic have 10 players that this could impact.
Mohamed Elyounoussi has a loan deal with Southampton, which is set to run out at the end of May and Fraser Forster‘s contract expires a month later, however Celtic are reportedly keen to sign the Saints pair on permanent basis.
Head coach Neil Lennon has an option to buy Mortiz Bauer who is on loan from Stoke, while Daniel Arzani‘s time at Parkehad is set to come to and end as he goes back to Manchester City.
Craig Gordon is desperate to find first team football in the summer as Hearts eye up the veteran goalkeeper.
Jonny Hayes has not been offered an extension yet and could leave the club on a free transfer.
Calvin Miller, who is an academy graduate, has struggled to force his way into Lennon’s squad and is likely to be heading for the exit door.
From current loanees Eboue Kouassi is in Belgium with Genk, while Anthony Ralston is on loan at St Johnstone and youngster Jonathan Afolabi signed a short term contract with Dunfermline.
Source- Glasgow Live