BBC's Bonner talks scouts; says Celtic will have to sell 'one or two' big names in summer

By John McGinley

February 24, 2020

Former Celtic star Pat Bonner thinks the Hoops will probably have to sell one or two of Neil Lennon’s big-name players in the upcoming summer transfer window, speaking to BBC Sportsound on Sunday.

Celtic took another huge step towards the Scottish Premiership title, securing a win against Kilmarnock, with stars such as Callum McGregor and Odsonne Edouard taking centre stage with their contributions.

Bonner was obviously left impressed by that duo in particular and offered an interesting nugget of information when on punditry duties for the match, revealing he’d been speaking to an Everton scout at Celtic Park.

He reckons big departures could be on the way.

Speaking to BBC Sportsound on Sunday, the former goalkeeper said: “Keeping it going, spending the money on the right players. Bringing in players. There are maybe players brought in that haven’t worked. Get them back out again.

“They will probably have to sell one or two. Edouard looks as if he could be one. I was talking to one of the scouts from Everton here today.

“He is obviously up here and he was talking so highly about McGregor and the likes of Edouard and those kinds of players and they are attracting the attention of the big clubs.”

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor / (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Clearly Celtic fans everywhere will be hoping that neither McGregor nor Edouard are going anywhere anytime soon, regardless of interest from the English Premier League.

With the Bhoys looking like they’ll be shooting for an unprecedented tenth title in a row next season, holding on to our best players is absolutely crucial.

Whether that involves big contracts being offered or rebuffing major bids is probably irrelevant to the emotional side of your average supporter.

We just want them in Glasgow punishing opposition teams.

Scouts are more than welcome at Celtic Park, it’s a sign of how well our players are performing recently, but let’s keep them at arm’s length and head into next season as strong as possible.