Rodgers issues hands off warning saying his Celtic stars are NOT for sale

WE reported on Celtic’s press conference yesterday (HERE) but thought we’d expand on what Brendan was saying this morning…

On speculation linking Celtic players with moves in the summer, with particular reference to Moussa Dembele, Scotty Sinclair and Kieran Tierney the boss said:

“I always expect and anticipate that good players will always be looked at. For all players, it’s notice that people think you are working well and could do a job. There’s always going to be speculation around them.


“Moussa has never once asked to leave Celtic. We’ve had one official bid for him that’s nowhere near our value of Moussa. He’s an extremely talented young player and we are not interested in selling him.”


“Celtic is a huge club in its own right. Of course, Man United is a huge club also.There’s lots of speculation around players, but we try to keep them focused. Their job is here at Celtic. Celtic put the money in the bank each month so focus on here and if there’s speculation around you it’s because you are playing well.

“I think there will always be that when you have young players or senior players developing and playing well.”


“I saw some stuff over the international break. People have to fill pages and write headlines. Scott is very happy here. Of course, he hasn’t played in the last few games because we changed the tactical ideas of the team.

“But this is a period of the season now that he loves. He is a really competitive player and he turns it on in the big games. He is still very important to what we do.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there is interest in him. He has scored more than 40 goals since he has been here over the two seasons and if you can do that as well as create all the assists that he does then he is always going to create an interest.

“He has had experiences that makes him appreciate what he has here. He is on a nice little break and he looked very good this week in training. He is here for the run-in.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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