Celtic transfer news: Liam Shaw and Ewan Henderson set to leave

Celtic are looking to offload a number of players in the January transfer window to reduce the size of the squad.

The Hoops acted early on New Year’s Eve, announcing the signings of all three J League targets – Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate.

Celtic currently has 35 first-team players, with an additional seven out on loan.

Sky Sports News understands the Scottish Premiership side will now focus on ‘outs’, before making moves on further incomings for the first team squad.

Summer signing Liam Shaw looks set to depart for Motherwell on loan until the end of the season, although St Johnstone also interested.

The 20-year-old has made just one start since his summer move to Glasgow from Sheffield Wednesday.

Midfielder Ewan Henderson is also expected to join Hibernian on loan this week.

A number of clubs in Europe, including in Turkey, remain interested in goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas, but Celtic have received no offers for the Greece international at this stage – with the club also open to offers for left-back Boli Bolingoli.

Meanwhile, Celtic are due to sign Sligo Rovers striker Johnny Kenny for £125,000 – initially joining the B team.

Vasilis Barkas has struggled since joining Celtic

Celtic target Jota & Carter-Vickers deals

Celtic have opened talks with Benfica and Tottenham Hotspur in their bid to sign Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers on permanent deals.

The Scottish Premiership side intend to trigger the option-to-buy clauses for both players, who have impressed boss Ange Postecoglou.

Jota (left) is on loan from Benfica while Carter-Vickers joined from Tottenham
Jota (left) is on loan from Benfica while Carter-Vickers joined from Tottenham

A fee of £6.5m was negotiated in principle with Benfica to sign Jota, who is currently back in Lisbon to have his injury assessed.

An initial fee of £6m is in the agreement of Carter-Vickers’ loan, with one source telling Sky Sports News talks between Celtic and Spurs are based around the structure of any potential permanent deal. It’s understood there is no wriggle-room on the overall price for the United States defender.

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