NEIL LENNON will oversee a Celtic exodus as he trims his playing staff for the upcoming season.

The Hoops boss admitted he needs to “trim” his squad and move on some players as he prepares for the assault on the domestic and European fronts.

Lennon has already scrapped the contracts of misfits Youssouf Mulumbu and Marvin Compper, both signed by his predecessor Brendan Rodgers, while the likes of Dedryck Boyta, Mikael Lustig and Emilio Izaguirre left last month at the end of their contracts.

Back-up veteran keeper Dorus De Vries has retired at the age of 38 while Scott Allan has returned to Hibs after agreeing a pre-contract in January. Costa Rican international right-back Cristian Gamboa also ended his three-year association with the club after being signed for £1.2million from West Brom.

Despite these departures, the Irishman still believes he has to add to the clear-out while he eyes bringing in fresh blood.

Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I think there’s some trimming to do, yes.

“We have to be mindful with the amount of games we play, so the squad has to be of a decent size.

“We don’t want to have players on the periphery of the squad on a decent wage being left out.

“The squad is too big for my liking and I think it’s important that we trim it.”

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