Scott Brown reckons it’s a good thing that some of the top Celtic players are being linked with moves away.
The Hoops may already have lost Kieran Tierney to Arsenal in a record-breaking move, and had the likes of Tom Rogic, Kristoffer Ajer and James Forrest linked with departures – but Brown wouldn’t be surprised to see more interest this summer.
In fact, he says he’s expecting bids for some of the club’s top talent.
“Jamesy deserves people looking at him, deserves people putting in bids for him,” Brown told the Scottish Sun. “He is in a great place for us at the moment.
“But our main focus is trying to get into the Champions League and have a good season and that is Jamesy’s focus too.
“Don’t get me wrong, it is great that people are looking at our players and willing to put in that sort of money.
“But as it stands just now Jamesy is a Celtic player. I am sure we will see a lot of bids coming in for him, Mikey Johnston and Ryan Christie too as they are top-quality players.”
Brown understands how it works at Celtic
Brown’s comments may be interesting to some fans looking in from the outside. Why would he want to see some of his finest teammates linked with moves away?
But the truth is that the Celtic skipper is spot on. For Celtic’s top men to be wanted around Europe, they must be performing well for the club. It’s stating the obvious but the interest in our star men didn’t seem to be as great in the days of Ronny Deila or (god forbid) Tony Mowbray.
You look at Ajax. The Dutch champions had a remarkable year last season – reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League. Their squad lost a couple of star men as a result. Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt both moved on for a combined £143million (transfermarkt.co.uk) and the Amsterdam side just had to deal with it.
They were victims of their own success in many ways. If Celtic have the same dilemma then it’s hardly the worst thing in the world. Brown realises that.