Celtic may struggle to hold onto Odsonne Edouard after their embarrassing early exit from the Champions League, according to Darren Bent.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker suggested the Scottish champions and their fans should fear the worst.
Neil Lennon’s side were dumped out of the Champions League after a 2-1 loss to Hungarian champions Ferencvárosi TC last week.
Edouard, 22, indicated to Celtic chiefs in July that he was willing to sign a new deal, as revealed by Football Insider.
This site also revealed the Hoops had set a £40m price tag on the Frenchman and have no intention of selling him this summer.
Bent told Football Insider: “You think about players they can attract and I’m not sure how many top players want to play in Scotland first and foremost because it’s not the most competitive league.
“If there’s no lure of Champions League football either I just can’t see them attracting the type of players they want.
“With players like Edouard there was always the Champions League to fall back on. If they had got into the Champions League group stages you could say to them ‘I know you want to leave and you’ve got ambitions of wanting to play in the Premier League, but we’re in the Champions League so stay the season, play in the Champions League and we’ll see what happens from there.’
“Now that’s not happened, it’s going to be difficult.”
The Hoops will now face either Latvian club Riga or Tre Fiori of San Marino in the Europa League third qualifying round as they failed to make the Champions League group stages for a third consecutive season.
In other news, Football Insider can REVEAL Celtic chiefs are convinced that a first-team star is engineering a big-money exit during the international break.