Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Celtic may have to sell Stefan Johansen.
Galatasaray have put in an offer of £1m for the midfielder which has been knocked back.
With less than a year to run on his contract the midfielder’s value is diminishing by the day with Rodgers realistic that the player has to be sold if a new deal isn’t agreed.
After watching his side beat Olimpija Ljubljana Rodgers said: “The club has to protect itself. If a player clearly doesn’t want to be at a club and had a year to go, the market will tell you that you have to sell that player. There are very few players who will be allowed to run their contract through to a free.
“That doesn’t make any sense but, at the moment, there is nothing new to say. He’s working well and he played well. I always look at players and gauge whether they are happy and want to play for the club or not. I have only known him this last week and a half and he has been excellent.
“He has a smile on his face, enjoying being with the team, is working hard in training and I can see his qualities.”
With upto a dozen midfield options Rodgers won’t be short of options should Celtic and Galatasaray agree a deal for the midfielder.
The main question would seem to be whether to hold onto Johansen for the Champions League qualifiers in the hope that he can see Celtic through rather than accept an offer to sell.
Johansen was one of Neil Lennon’s last signings, joining in January 2014 in a £2.2m transfer from Stromsgodset.