By Alex McLeish

4th Dec, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: McLeish issues big Celtic transfer warning after what he's seen from Edouard

Alex McLeish has warned the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard their poor form could hurt their chances of a transfer away from Celtic.

The former Rangers and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted the shock League Cup defeat to Ross County could cause recruitment chiefs to cast doubt over signing the Hoops’ top stars.

Ajer and Edouard, who both played the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-0 loss, were both targeted by Premier League and European sides for big-money exits over the, although neither left Parkhead.

Manager Neil Lennon publicly blasted some of his senior stars for wanting to leave before the end of the transfer window, with the Norway international understood to have been one of those he was referring to.

However, after a dire run of form which has seen Celtic’s European hopes come crashing down and their title hopes hanging in the balance, McLeish has warned some clubs might have moved on from the Hoops stars after some disappointing performances.

Asked if the Celtic players’ poor form was hurting their chances of a future move, McLeish told Football Insider: “Of course it does. It depends, for instance, if Edouard was scouted in the early part of the season or the end of last season.

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“Some recruitment people have got it in their head that it doesn’t matter what he does in the future, he’s the one for us and that can sometimes happen, but yes, of course.

“When you get a doubt, back in the day I was trying to get players to the club then I might have found nine positives of the guy and I thought: ‘He sounds fantastic,’ and then I got one negative and I thought: ‘I’m not signing him.’

“So, I guess, recruitment works a wee bit different nowadays, in those days we kind of depended on your own instinct, on your own eye. I personally tried to go and see the players that we were signing – sometimes you just couldn’t do it because of the demands of management.

“Nowadays, it’s very rare, it’s the recruitment guys and, you know, your sporting director is in charge of that and then recruitment is absolutely vital, you’ve got to get the right players for your team, and for the demands of your fans.”

In other Celtic news, Football Insider pundit has derided what he has heard about Neil Lennon from Hoops star.