Former Celtic and Chelsea forward Chris Sutton has told the Daily Record he believes that Cristian Gamboa is “unlikely” to remain at Celtic beyond this summer.
Gamboa joined Celtic for a reported £1 million in 2016, according to Herald Scotland, but has only registered 15 Scottish Premiership games for the club across a two-year spell.
The Costan Rican right-back, whose contract will expires next summer, could attract for top European sides over the coming weeks but that if he impresses in the World Cup for his nation.
The signing of Tom Rogic to a long-term contract last month, has made the Celtic legend reckons that Gamboa future with the Scottish champions look bleak.
Sutton told the Daily Record:
“I was adamant getting the Aussie nailed onto a long-term contract would be the best piece of work the club could do this summer and at this stage I’m standing by that statement.
“Seeing Rogic go to a World Cup with just a year to go on his deal and a new extension still not signed would not have been ideal and the offers would have flooded in from elsewhere if he shone.
“Knowing the way the World Cup works they might get offers anyway regardless of the fact he’s signed that deal but Celtic are protected for a huge fee now and the player also seems happy to stay put. Lustig won’t be going anywhere and Gamboa is unlikely to be staying, so their participation and situations are not so crucial.”
The former West Bromwich Albion defender isn’t all that bad and if Mikael Lustig continues to regress after last season then Celtic could really do with someone of Gamboa’s ilk in reserve.
At the moment, it’s him, Lustig and Anthony Ralston as right-back options, and a productive stint in Russia over the next few weeks might propel him to the top of Rodgers’s pecking order in Glasgow.