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John Collins: Celtic planning to cut squad depth

John Collins expects players to leave Celtic at the end of the season as he admitted the difficulty of keeping a big squad happy.

The Hoops assistant manager was speaking a day after it was confirmed that Norwegian midfielder Kristoffer Ajer will join the Parkhead club in June on a four-year deal following a January trial.

The 17-year-old will provide added competition in an area which looks particularly over-stocked already, with new additions Scott Allan and Ryan Christie struggling for game time and Patrick Roberts, on loan from Manchester City, yet to make an appearance.

Ahead of the visit of Inverness tomorrow, Collins was asked how close the Scottish Premiership leaders, who have first-team regulars Charlie Mulgrew and James Forrest out of contract this year, were to having too many players.

"Come the end of the season there will be players who will move out, but at this moment in time it is a big squad, everyone is fighting to be in the squad and that's a good problem to have for the manager, myself and the coaching team" he said.

"It is always the challenge. Better having too many good players than not enough.

"You can't keep them completely happy. Everybody would be telling a lie if they think everybody is happy at a football club.

"It is difficult for players when you are not playing, we understand that. You have to make sure they take that disappointment in the right way."

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