Alex Bruce claims that Celtic are refusing to negotiate with interested suitors as they dig their heels in to keep Odsonne Edouard this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Kilmarnock defender says he has it on “pretty good authority” that the Hoops are doing all they can to prevent the 22-year-old from leaving Parkhead.
The French striker has been linked with a number of clubs in England and across Europe after his fine form in front of goal both in the Premiership and on the European stage.
However, Bruce is confident Celtic will not be selling their attacking talisman this summer and suggests they have already turned away potential buyers.
Bruce told Football Insider: “I don’t think he’ll leave, I really don’t think he’ll leave. I’ve got it on pretty good authority that I don’t think he’s going to go anywhere.
“Celtic have really dug their heels in, totally, by all accounts people can’t even get a price for him. If they can keep him, which they’re digging their heels in to try and keep him, it would be fantastic for Celtic.
“They’ll want to go and do well and Europe and cement that 10-in-a-row that they’re desperate to do this season. Apparently all the players you might think might be of interest to other clubs, I don’t think anyone’s for sale.”
Edouard netted 27 goals and chipped in with a further 19 assists across all competitions for Celtic last season.
He has struck a total of 63 times in 128 appearances for the Hoops.