SCOTT BROWN admits Celtic’s playing squad requires a massive rebuild in a summer of upheaval.

The champions are 90 minutes away for an unprecedented treble treble when they play Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden a week on Saturday.

The Hoops can make history at the national stadium by winning their ninth successive piece of domestic silverware in a campaign that also saw them lift their eighth consecutive title.

However, that will not prevent changes being made in a squad that looks as though it has been running on empty on more than a few occasions in this campaign.

Brown saw the Parkhead men overrun in the 2-0 loss to Rangers at Ibrox yesterday – their second defeat at the venue this term – and acknowledged there will be some frantic transfer activity in the east end of Glasgow in the forthcoming months – irrespective of who is in the hot seat.

The 33-year-old midfielder, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “Yeah, we’ve got a lot of players leaving, guys out of contract, as well. We’ll need to see who’s in charge and see what he’s going to do.

“Whatever manager comes in, I’m sure he’ll bring quality. I’m sure he’ll have been watching the last five or six games, whether that’s Lenny or somebody else.

WHAT A MISS…Oliver Burke fires a shot at Wes Foderingham to blow the opportunity of a goal at Ibrox.

“And I’m sure, if the gaffer’s in charge next season, he’s already got his players he’s looking at and it will be the same for anybody else coming in.

“We’ve got Neil here. He’s been fantastic since coming in,

“How was his mood afterwards? It’s always the same coming here. Never great getting beat.

“The lads are disappointed, but we just need to go again on Sunday and we’ve then got a Cup Final to look forward to.”

Loan players Oliver Burke (West Brom), Jeremy Toljan (Borussia Dortmund) and Filip Benkovic (Leicester City) are due to return to their clubs at the end of the campaign although there have been reports the Croatian central defender, who remained on the subs’ bench at Ibrox, might return for another spell.

Timothy Weah saw his temporary transfer cut short on Friday and it it appears he does not have a future at Paris Saint-Germain with the French giants prepared to sell him in the summer with Crystal Palace and Rennes in the frame.

Dedryck Boyata will quit the Hoops at the end of his contract while Mikael Lustig, Emilio Izaguirre, Cristiano Gamboa and Dorus De Vries are in the same situation and Scott Allan agreed a pre-contract with Hibs in January.

Question marks remain over others such as £1.3million misfit Marvin Compper who arrived from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig in January 2018 and hasn’t even played one full game. He will be 34 next year and still has 12 months on his contract.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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