By Danny Wright

15th Apr, 2017 | 12:32pm

Chris Sutton: This is what Celtic must do to compete in Champions League next season

By Danny Wright

Chris Sutton believes that Celtic must keep hold of their key players if they wish to be taken seriously in the Champions League.

Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney have both been linked with moves to the Premier League while Patrick Roberts is set to return to Manchester City when his loan spell comes to an end next month.

Brendan Rodgers’ side crashed out of the CL group stages without a win this season, but they were dealt a tricky draw with European giants Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Celtic did manage to secure memorable draws both home and away to Man City, with Dembele scoring a brace in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Parkhead in September.

Sutton, an ex-Hoops striker, said on his personal Twitter account that his fingers are crossed that Dembele and Tierney stay at Celtic Park after the summer transfer window slams shut.

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The 44-year-old claims it is ‘crucial’ for Rodgers to stave off any interest in the young duo.

Dembele is the club’s top scorer in all competitions this campaign.

The former Fulham striker has scored a staggering 32 goals in 47 appearances across both domestic and European competition and has helped Celtic to achieve what has been an unbeaten season in Scottish football so far.

In other Celtic news, Neil Lennon has slammed the Hoops for their treatment of this player.

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