Celtic are bracing themselves for bids from Leicester City as Brendan Rodgers considers a double move for Kieran Tierney and Callum McGregor this summer, according to The Express.
Former managers targeting players from their old clubs is nothing really new in football but it’s not something that Celtic are regularly accustomed to.
For the most part, any players who have moved on from the Hoops to join the likes of Gordon Strachan or Neil Lennon have been surplus to requirements.
A controversial summer could be in store then, with The Express reporting that the Foxes are tracking two of the club’s most important players of the last few years.
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The paper reckon the duo are being lined up as potential replacements for Ben Chilwell and James Maddison, who are attracting interest from England’s richest sides.
Rodgers of course featured both heavily in his all-conquering Celtic team during his almost three years at the club.
Both players are products of Celtic’s academy and the club have done extraordinarily well to develop both into Premier League calibre players.
Any successful home grown model must accept that one day the players will be moved on for massive profit, but in this specific case Celtic can’t allow themselves to be tempted into the sale of either.
The perception of Rodgers raiding Neil Lennon’s squad for the best talent would automatically start the new Hoops manager’s reign under a heavy, dark cloud that it may never recover from.
Not to mention that the two players are absolutely critical to Celtic’s success and if the club are to retain their Scottish Premiership title, both will be needed.
Replacing their impact and influence on the way the Hoops play would cost far too much money in today’s market.
The departure of Rodgers from Celtic has already caused enough drama and they can’t allow his future interference to ruin Lennon’s project.
There’ll be plenty of time to sell both Tierney and McGregor in summers to come for perhaps even bigger money.