Noel Whelan has urged Celtic to offload their wantaway players after Neil Lennon admitted certain stars were working on moves away from Parkhead.
The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has warned that such disruption can be a “disease” in the dressing room.
Speaking after the shock 2-1 defeat to Ferenvaros, as quoted by Sky Sports, Lennon confirmed that a couple of his squad have told him they want to leave Parkhead and have “made in-roads” over transfers out of Glasgow.
As revealed by Football Insider, Kristoffer Ajer is one of those players angling for a move while Sky Sports report that Olivier Ntcham is the other.
Whelan insists that if the Hoops stars do not want to be at Parkhead any more then the club should look to get rid as soon as possible to avoid more uncertainty in the dressing room.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s never good when you’ve got unrest from one player, let alone two and maybe more, we don’t know how many but we know two have come out and told Lennon.
“It’s something there that you’ve got to watch carefully and you’ve got to control because you don’t want people getting in other people’s ears and turning their heads because it can be a disease in the changing room when you don’t have the right characters.
“If people don’t want to play for the club, if that is the case, Neil Lennon seems a very, very strong manager, if they can’t have their head turned back to Celtic and the job they’re getting paid to do, then you’ve got to offload them.
“It might be to a club that has Champions League football coming their way, which is what they’re grumbling about but at the start they should have made sure Celtic were in the Champions League next round and they didn’t do that.”