Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is set to reluctantly allow Alan Thompson to leave the club in January.

The former Aston Villa and Bolton midfielder has not played for the Hoops this season after being a first-team mainstay under Martin O'Neill.

Now the 32-year-old is poised to leave Celtic Park in pursuit of regular football.

Strachan told the Sunday Mail: 'Alan would like to move on.

'There is no doubt about that and it is not a problem for me.

'He needs football at this stage and, unfortunately, we cannot give him that because the players in his position are doing well.

'But Alan has been a great professional and has done his job.

'Whether he will move in January, I do not know. Alan will know better than me the people who want to take him.

'It would not suit me to lose him in the January transfer window - it is not a problem to have him at the club.

'However, as I say, we are well up in Alan's position.'