Dembele 'not for sale'

25 January 2018 14:07:00 EST

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insists star striker Moussa Dembele is 'not for sale' during the current transfer window.

The Bhoys boss left Dembele out of the team that defeated Partick Thistle at Firhill on Tuesday evening, admitting that he had been affected by transfer speculation.

The 21-year-old has never asked to leave Celtic, says Rodgers. Meanwhile just one official bid has been received by the Parkhead club this month and that came up some way short of Celtic's valuation of Dembele.

Signed from Fulham on a free transfer in the summer of 2016, Dembele scored 32 goals in his debut season as Rodgers' team achieved an unprecedented domestic treble whilst remaining unbeaten.

Moussa has never once asked to leave Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers

"We have had one official bid for him that is nowhere near the value of what the value of Moussa is," said Rodgers.

"But equal to that we have no interest in selling him. Moussa has never once asked to leave Celtic."

The French Under-21 international is under contract with the Scottish champions until the summer of 2020 and Rodgers freely admits that the player came to Glasgow with a clear plan to further this career, and an ambition to move on when the time is right.

"We brought him here as a talented young player at 19 and he has shown that talent," said Rogers.

"He has come in with a plan: his agent, himself and I know what the plan was but he has never asked once to leave.

"He is an extremely talented young player. Naturally, we said a few weeks ago about a little bit of focus but it's only natural. But he has trained, he is working well, is working hard and he is available.

"That's as clear as I can be."

Celtic are 1/4 to beat Hibs on Saturday, with former boss Neil Lennon 10/1 to inflict a first home domestic defeat on Rodgers. The teams have played out a pair of 2-2 draws in the league already this season and a third is priced at 22/1.

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