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8 Premier League released stars Celtic could poach including previous transfer targets as retained lists confirmed

Brendan Rodgers will have cash to spend on transfer targets this summer as he looks to strengthen his Double-winning Celtic side.

The manager has already identified which positions he wants to add to, as we at Football Scotland exclusively told you, and he'll have his recruitment team marking cards and making calls already. But just because the boss will have funds from the boardroom to splash on players does not mean there are not bargains to be found.

And as squads in the Premier League down south this week began announcing their retained lists for next season, there are always names on the free transfers candidates that would make for interesting signings.

Some top players have been cast aside by their respective clubs and Football Scotland has taken a look at some realistic options Celts and Rodgers could be looking at. And we're sure there will be some familiar names...

Japhet Tanganga

The Tottenham defender has been on loan at Millwall as well as Augsburg after playing 48 times in all competitions for Spurs. He was wanted by the Hoops back in 2021 and would be an intriguing possible partner for Cameron Carter-Vickers as he's still just 25-years-old.

Ryan Sessegnon

Another young lad, still just 24, who would be a serious option at left-back or perhaps further forward. Was considered for a loan deal while at Spurs back in 2020 but opted to remain in London before eventually joining Hoffenheim. Is now a free agent and would challenge Greg Taylor, you feel. Was a standout at Fulham before moving to Spurs.

Max Lowe

The left-back was relegated with Sheffield United which sees him available and he's played in Scotland before with Aberdeen before leaving. He's 27-years-old and featured this season in the top flight for the Blades after a successful Nottingham Forest stint last year. Another who'd challenge GT.

George Baldock

Was yet another who was on a longlist of Celtic targets previously and now he's available for nothing. Would be a more experienced body at 31 which may not necessarily suit their philosophy now. But if he was to stay for a year or two as backup, might be worth a punt.

Scott McKenna

Celts need a left-sided centre-back and the Scotland cap would be a serious option should they be able to entice him back home. Played Champions League at Copenhagen last season on loan from Forest and would surely settle and cope well at Parkhead.

Loris Karius

Joe Hart is retired. That leaves Celtic looking for a new goalkeeper and the German is an experienced campaigner even at 30. Has been released by Newcastle but has played at the top, top level including in a Champions League Final with Liverpool.

Jonny Evans

Wanted last year before he made the shock move to Manchester United from Leicester. Wasn't expected to do too much at Old Trafford but, at 36, ended up playing far more often than anticipated. Might be past his prime but one last crack at a title win in Scotland may keep him going under Brendan Rodgers with whom he worked well at the Foxes.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid

The Fulham striker, 31, played 42 times last season and for a player set to be released, that was a surprising one. Not for any other reason than it seemed the striker was an important cog in Marco Silva's machine. Still, he has goals in his locker and he could certainly do a job for Celtic should they look for experience to challenge Kyogo if, one, he's still there and two Adam Idah is unavailable.