Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is set for showdown talks with the club about his long-term future, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds United and Manchester City full-back insisted the club need to sort his contract as soon as possible.
This site revealed earlier this week that Edouard is one of four Hoops stars who could be sold to raise funds after a £13million drop in revenue was shown in their 2019-20 accounts.
The Frenchman will enter the final 18 months of his deal in January and talks have stalled over a possible extension.
Celtic placed a £40million valuation on their young striker over the summer which fended off potential interest.
Mills has now called on the club to make a fresh effort in negotiations so Eduoard does not become unhappy.
He told Football Insider: “You should be having conversations with the player and making your intentions clear and say ‘we’d like to keep you, here’s another year or two-year extension’.
“If that’s not coming forward, the player will start to think ‘hang on a minute, they don’t really want me here, they’re quite happy to let me leave.’
“Then you’ve got a balancing act of keeping a relatively unhappy player.
“You have to have a conversation when you decide what you want and then communicate that with the player so they can work hard.
“Whether that’s working hard to keep yourself in the shop window and earn another move or whether it’s to get a better contract.”
Edouard has struggled with form in recent weeks after testing positive for coronavirus while on international duty in October.
After a run of five games without a goal, the 22-year-old has scored twice in his last two games.