By Matt Farr
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes Celtic should be demanding at least £50million for star pair Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney.
Sutton has reiterated comments made by Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers regarding the state of transfers in Scotland, claiming that clubs in the country are being ripped off.
The ex-England international, who scored 86 goals from 199 appearances in all competitions for Celtic, does not believe that clubs are paying enough money to land their Scotland-based transfer targets.
Both Dembele and Tierney are being coveted by a host of Premier League clubs, but Sutton insists that Rodgers is not going to let them go on the cheap.
Sutton told the Daily Record: “Scottish football has been getting ripped off for too long and it needs to stop. If ever a game has undersold itself in recent years, it is the Scottish game.
“If I were him [Rodgers], I’d be wanting £30 million for Moussa Dembele and £20 million for Kieran Tierney.
“If Christian Benteke is worth over £30 million and West Ham are paying out £25 million for Andre Ayew, then Dembele is worth that tag at his age and with his potential.
“If Luke Shaw is worth £30 million as a full-back, Tierney has to be worth two-times that because he looks like one of the best full-backs in Britain already.
“When I suggested Celtic should be demanding £20 million for Virgil van Dijk last summer because Everton were demanding at least that for John Stones, I needed to get a tin hat on.”
Over the years, Celtic have lost a number of high-profile stars to the English Premier League and beyond, including Van Dijk, Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster.
The Scottish club gained just £13 million from the sale of Van Dijk, while Wanyama (£12.5m) and Forster (£10m) both fetched even smaller fees. Just a year on, the likes of Manchester United are now willing to pay more than £50 million for Van Dijk.
However, both Sutton and Rodgers’ comments suggest that Celtic are no longer going to let their best stars leave without their demands being met.
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