Celtic player likely to leave in January amid criticism

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We might be just months into Brendan Rodgers' second run as the manager of Celtic but it feels like the club are already in need of a refresh. The Northern Irishman needs to be backed in the January transfer window, after what was a disappointing summer by all means. The Hoops need to bring in proven players who will come in and establish themselves as starters straight off the bat.

The most experienced player that Celtic signed in the summer was Nat Phillips. The defender was brought in on loan from Liverpool and naturally, expectations were high.

Unfortunately, Phillips has fallen far short of matching those expectations. He has been the cover option to Cameron Carter-Vickers and Liam Scales, and even when he has played, he has not been impressive. So much so that most fans believe that Maik Nawrocki and Gustaf Lagerbielke should be given minutes ahead of him in future games.

The Liverpool defender seems to be on his way back in January. As reported by This is Anfield, Phillips is likely to return after a disappointing half-season deal with Celtic.

Celtic player likely to leave in January amid criticism

He is not the only loanee for whom things have not worked out either. As tweeted out by Anfield Football, Liverpool are set to recall Rhys Williams and Phillips after unsuccessful loan spells.

On paper, a move for Phillips had made sense for Celtic. But things have not worked out on the pitch and he has never looked like the right fit for this style of football.

In fact, many fans have been left confused by why he, despite his lacklustre form, has been getting minutes ahead of Nawrocki and Lagerbielke. The duo were signed for significant transfer fees in the summer and have long-term contracts at Parkhead.