According to a report in The Daily Record, Celtic have placed a £15m price tag upon midfielder Tom Rogic’s head following interest from English Premier League clubs Leicester City and Southampton, but the club should be doing everything in their power to keep him at Parkhead.
Well, The Daily Record report that former Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to spark a bidding war for the 26-year-old international this summer as he is keen to bring him to the King Power Stadium.
The Daily Record report that Saints as well as a number of other sides across Europe are also keeping tabs on the 26-year-old, who still has four years remaining on his contract with the Glasgow giants.
The source adds that Celtic, who are yet to decide whether Neil Lennon will get the job on a permanent basis, are facing a mass exodus of players at the end of the season, with Oliver Burke, Timo Weah, Filip Benkovic, Jeremy Toljan, Dedryck Boyata, Mikael Lustig, Emilio Izaguirre, Cristian Gamboa and Dorus de Vries all expected to depart.
While a fee of £15m or more may be tempting to the Scottish Premiership champions, they shouldn’t even consider cashing in on one of their key men.
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The fact that he has scored eight goals and provided a further nine assists in all competitions this term despite suffering a knee injury mid-season tells you all you need to know about the quality the Australian has in his locker.
It wouldn’t be easy for Celtic to simply go out and find another attacking midfielder like the 26-year-old, who should be approaching the peak years of his career.
Far too often in recent years the club has let their players leave for England far too easily, and this summer needs to be different if they want to hold off the ever-improving Rangers in the Scottish top flight, and make waves again in the Champions League.
Rogic is a player that can undoubtedly help them do that, and he must stay exactly where he is.