'It's a fact' - Exclusive Brown view as Celtic swoop for Englishman to replace £20m-valued ace
Michael Brown believes there will be some big name exits from Celtic this summer following their Champions League exit.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Brown delivered his verdict as Celtic failed to reach the Champions League group stages for the third consecutive season.
The Hoops lost their second qualifying round tie 2-1 to Hungarian champions Ferencvaros on Wednesday night.
Boss Neil Lennon told his players after the game: “Get your mentality right, get your attitude right. If some of you don’t want to be here, leave.”
Asked whether he felt any players did not want to be at the club, he 49-year-old responded: “In some cases.”
This site revealed that defender Kristoffer Ajer is one of the Celtic stars who Lennon was referring to.
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Ajer, 22, has attracted interested from Premier League and Italian clubs but that has quietened after Celtic put a £20m price tag on the defender.
The club are planning to swoop for Preston North End’s Ben Davies, 25, who has just one year left on his contract, if Ajer leaves, as revealed by Football Insider.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of Lennon’s post-game comments, Brown said: “It’s not just a statement it’s a fact.
“When you’ve played for so long at a club and you want to move and want to go do something you would expect that.
“You look at players leaving recently and playing in the Premier League and doing very, very well week in week out.
“Lennon has got to accept they want to go to the Premier League or other slightly better leagues, unfortunately.
“And it’s not going to help them that they’re not in the Champions League.”
In other Celtic news, a top pundit has been left baffled by a Lennon decision that will haunt him.