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Slowly and quietly in the background Brendan Rodgers has continued to filter out the squad that he inherited from Ronny Deila.

Over the last week Saidy Janko and Logan Bailly have moved on as the hoops boss brings the first team squad down to a more manageable level.

When he arrived at Celtic last summer the first team squad stretched to around 30 names with almost half of them capable of playing in midfield.

A number of players in the Development squad will go out on loan, against East Kilbride on Saturday Tommy McIntyre was able to make 11 substitutions with half a dozen players out injured.

Loan deals are already in place for Ryan Christie, Scott Allan and Jamie Lindsay with more expected but it’s the transfers out that will give Rodgers space to operate the squad the way that he would like.

Celtic seem well connected for moving players on and aren’t reliant on a former manager signing up his old signings in order to provide his successor with funds.

A lot of the deals will be conducted in the final week of the transfer window after the club’s Champions League hopes are decided.

Although the outgoing players aren’t likely to be involved in Champions League players like Emilio Izaguirre are priceless back ups especially if the autumn brings a relentless round of fixtures fitted around si huge European nights.

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