It’s almost the end of the school year with all of those players that were sent out on loan returning for assessment.
A raft of young players such as Aidan Nesbitt, Kristoffer Ajer and Jamie McCart have advanced their case towards a first team slot at Celtic although further loans are expected for that trio next season.
At the other end of the loan business a number of players will be returning further away than ever from a top team place but with a few seasons remaining on their contracts.
When a player is surplus to requirements at one club it’s difficult to convince another club of their worth. A permanent transfer is out with a loan deal likely to be at the expense of the parent club- effectively paying for a player not to play.
A year ago when he arrived at Celtic one of Brendan Rodgers first tasks was to cut down the size of the first team squad.
Part two of the pruning job will soon be underway, finding loan clubs for those under contract with no prospects at Celtic is a task that even Brendan will struggle to achieve.