Davie Hay expects Mousa Dembele to be a Celtic player at the end of the transfer window.
The striker is halfway through his four year contract and has been at the centre of transfer speculation during the last three transfer windows.
Dembele failed to repeat the heights of his dazzling first season as a Celtic player but showed his quality by scoring for the French u-21 side in a recent match against Italy.
Celtic and the player have been quite open about the mutual benefits for each other but Hay expects another season from the young Frenchman
In the Evening Times the hoops ambassador explained:
There has been something of an assumption in certain circles that this summer will see Moussa Dembele part ways with Celtic. The received wisdom has been that two years is long enough for him before he heads back south of the border but my own feeling is that the striker will stay at the club for another season.
At the earliest, I think he would go in the January transfer window.
I don’t think it will even come to the kind of scenario where there is an agreement with the club to help get Celtic through these qualifications games before leaving at the very end of the window.
Dembele’s future appears to be independent of whether or not Odsonne Edouard joins the hoops with a number of sources confident that a deal has been agreed with Paris Saint Germain.
Celtic have still to make any major moves in the transfer market but did secure Tom Rogic onto a new five year contract just before the season ended.
Dedryck Boyata, James Forrest, Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Christie are all entering the final year of their Celtic contracts.