Celtic boss Neil Lennon has disclosed that the club are determined to hold on to their key players no matter the result of the Europa League play-off against Sarajevo, BBC Sport reports.
There has been concern that a key player may leave the club before the end of the transfer window next week, especially after the Champions League exit to Ferencvaros. This could exacerbate if the Hoops crash out of Europe completely to Sarajevo.
However, Lennon has revealed that the Hoops hierarchy is eager to keep hold of Celtic’s ‘big’ players no matter the result in Sarajevo.
“We want to keep all the players”
“We want to keep all the players. The club are quite strong on that we want to keep all our assets and that will be the case regardless of the result” Lennon said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
That will be music to the ears of the Celtic support. It will be a huge bonus in the Hoops’ battle to win 10 in a row if no players leave before the transfer window closes.
It would not be a surprise if there are bids made by clubs for some of Celtic’s ‘better’ players before the end of the window though.
The likes of Kristoffer Ajer, Olivier Ntcham, Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard could well be attracting attention in England and beyond.
Hoops seem determined to keep players
However, after Lennon’s comments, the Hoops seem determined to hold on to the players in the squad. No matter what bid comes in.
Hopefully that is the case. However, there has to be a slight concern that if, for example, a club offers £35m for Edouard, that Celtic might think about accepting it.
That would not be a good idea. Especially as there would not be a lot of time to find a replacement. However, Lennon seems certain that the Celtic board want to keep the current Hoops squad intact.
Only time will tell, but that has to be a good thing in this most pivotal of seasons.
In other news, Stefan Johansen can help Celtic sign Ryan Sessegnon.