It is not unknown that the Celtic squad needs trimming. So we can expect to see more exits over the January window. Perhaps as many as six more players may leave the club one way or another. The Hoops have been more active in terms of outgoings rather than incomings so far and perhaps understandably so.
With a potential signing or two still to be made, the competition for places will remain high. That perhaps means even less opportunity for some B team players to get chances at the senior level.
We are now seeing some of those players taking the chance to go out on loan to continue their development. Mackenzie Carse has become the latest to do so.
As tweeted by Celtic FC B, Carse has joined Scottish Championship side Queen's Park FC on loan. He will be there until the end of the season.
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Carse will join fellow Celtic youngster, Ben McPherson, also from the B team and already at Queen's Park on loan. Both players should benefit from working under the management of Callum Davidson. He had great success at St Johnstone and should do well at the Championship side.
Davidson appears to be happy to bring Carse to Queen's Park on loan. As reported by the club's official website, the manager said:
"In terms of building the squad this January a lot has been said about bringing in experience. We have done that with Sean Welsh and are still looking to add a couple of more players who fall into that category, however bringing Mackenzie in ensures that we keep the blend between high potential young players and experience right.
“He is a player that has shown in his displays for Celtic B this season that he is ready to compete for a first team jersey at a high level. He will get that opportunity to compete here and if he takes it the next opportunity for him will be to show that he can play at this level every week."
Carse has been in good form for the B team and hopefully will carry that to Queen's Park. He has worked his way up through the youth international levels for Scotland as well and certainly seems like a player to keep an eye on.
Carse has a contract with Celtic until the summer of 2025. He is a player with real potential. This loan move could be a great way to help boost his chances of an extension in the future and get closer to the first-team squad as well.