Celtic do not need to sell Moussa Dembele, according to major shareholder Dermot Desmond.
The 20-year-old has caught the eye with a string of fine performances since joining Celtic in the summer, reportedly attracting interest from around Europe.
Asked whether Celtic can keep Dembele, Desmond said: “I think so. Hopefully we can. They’re a team, they’re together, we don’t need to sell any players.
“Hopefully we can retain him but again our job is to have players that are wanted by other clubs in the Premier League and elsewhere.
“That will be an indication of the quality of footballers that we have.”
The Parkhead side’s largest shareholder once again reiterated his desire for the Hoops to move to England and insisted he still believes it will happen at some point – even though the English Football League recently rejected the latest proposals in their league reform plans.
The 72 EFL clubs held discussions on a proposed switch from three 24-team divisions to four 20-team ones.
The prospect of inviting the two Glasgow clubs and second string teams from the EPL sides to join a new league was overwhelmingly rejected.
Desmond added: ‘I think these doors are being closed all the time. Sometime it will be opened.
‘I feel confident that Celtic, and indeed Rangers, and Aberdeen, and some of the other clubs in Scotland should participate in a bigger British league.’