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Celtic’s 2-1 win over Hearts on Sunday capped off yet another successful domestic campaign, but several of the players involved are likely leave in the summer.

The Hoops will need to strengthen their playing squad if they are to remain favourites for the title next season – with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers keen to end their drought.

According to skipper Scott Brown, the club will be active in both selling and signing players over the coming month, despite Neil Lennon’s future hanging in the balance.

Brown said: “There will be a clear-out at the end of the season and a lot of people will be leaving and there will be a lot of new faces coming in as well.

“There’s a lot of lads who have been here a long time that love being here and have won a lot of trophies and I think that’s what makes this club special.

“The lads have a lot of love and passion for the club and for the fans as well.”

Despite Brown’s claim that loyalty could see the club keep hold of their key players, Celtic will be without Belgium international Dedryck Boyata next season.

The former Manchester City defender revealed yesterday that he will join Hertha Berlin, and he is almost certain to be the first of many to leave Parkhead.

Despite their recent Premiership triumph, Celtic bosses have been pursuing other managerial options with Lennon’s contract set to expire.

The Northern Irishman risked backlash from Hoops fans last week when he called their expectations ’unrealistic’, which could deal a blow to his hopes of remaining beyond the summer.

He said: “If there are doubts there, they are the ones with the doubts, not me.

“But there is a new breed of fan on social networks, it’s not the real world. This is the world we’re living in at the minute.

“Barcelona could win the double but a lot of their fans are calling for the head of Ernesto Valverde because they got knocked out of the semi-finals of the Champions League by Liverpool.

“Expectations, whatever you want to call it, are sometimes unrealistic.

“But it’s the modern-day fan.

“It’s fast-food stuff, they want the next thing very, very quickly and it’s not the real world.”

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