Neil Lennon has told the Celtic money men that this is too important a season to cash in on player transfers.
Since losing to Ferencvaros on Wednesday night there has been many doomsday scenarios painted out by supporters.
All of Celtic’s top players have at least two years to run on their contracts but that wasn’t an obstacle to cashing in on Moussa Dembele or Kieran Tierney.
A third season without Champions League football is a big blow to the club but that lost revenue could be matched by another record breaking transfer after taking in £20m and £25m over the last two summers.
With more than five weeks of business to come before the transfer window closes Lennon told The Sun:
This is too important a season to be selling players for top dollar. We want to keep our best players. Losing on Wednesday is damaging but it’s not terminal by any stretch of the imagination.
I don’t think we budget for getting in the Champions League. If we get in, it’s a big bonus for the club. I don’t get involved in any negotiations with agents or on the contract side of things.
We make recommendations about players we want to keep and those who deserve new contracts. Negotiations are ongoing.
So far Celtic have spent close to £13m on Vasilis Barkas, Adrian Ajeti and David Turnbull, a fee would also be paid to bring in Moi Elyounoussi on loan from Southampton.
Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, Kris Ajer and Olivier Ntcham are all under contract until June 2022.