Simon Donnelly hoping Celtic turn down mega money to help potential 10-in-a-row season
Former Celtic hero Simon Donnelly would keep Callum McGregor and Odsonne Edouard at the club even in the face of any mega-money on offer, The Sunday Post report.
Donnelly knows all about the race for nine and ten-in-a-row, being part of the side that had to combat Rangers’ run in the 1990s.
He was a prominent member of the first-team that ‘stopped the ten’ in 1997/98, scoring 16 goals in 44 appearances (FitbaStats)
Now he thinks, with the club on the verge of moving into a race for that hallowed tenth successive league title, that Celtic should keep the best players in Neil Lennon’s squad, refusing any huge offers that come this summer.
As quoted by The Sunday Post, Donnelly said: “They recruited so well with those two. But if you lose your best players, it’s always a problem to go and find other ones. I experienced that myself as assistant manager at Dundee United! It’s not easy.
“Celtic’s recruitment up to now has been good. They’ll want to hold on to Edouard for another couple of seasons.
“Would it be a difficult decision if you’re offered £60 million for two players, while going for 10-in-a-row? Well, I know what I would do. I’d keep them and get the 10.
“That’s what the support want. They want to go on and beat the record.”
Donnelly is probably right that Celtic supporters would want these stars at the club regardless of any business realities that might dictate their sale.
If Lennon’s team go on to win the title this year then we’ll be on the verge of an almost mythical history that has been hyped for decades.
The ten-in-a-row concept is huge and is legacy defining stuff for all the players, coaching staff and club decision-makers involved.
It’s worth doing all we can to help keep players such as Edouard and McGregor happy, well rewarded and up for the fight next season.
Hopefully, the club know the strength of feeling and rebuff any major transfer interest in the coming summer.
The only scenario I could see an acceptance of either of this duo leaving is if they forced through the moves and currently both the Frenchman and the Scotland international seem very happy at Celtic Park.