Celtic reject 'significant' Moussa Dembele bid as Youssouf Mulumbu has medical - Rodgers

Heather Diaz
September 2, 2018

"It's very hard when you've got 29 players plus goalkeepers and the squad is round about that just now, so naturally, it's the same idea.It's too big".

Rodgers expects the player to remain at the club and says he has not identified a replacement for the striker should he leave. If we don't have someone of a certain calibre and quality to come in, then, unfortunately, it can't be done because he is not a player we want to lose.

Dembele was at Celtic Park with his representatives to discuss his future while his team-mates trained in preparation for the second leg of their Europa League tie against Suduva on Thursday which stands at 1-1 from the first game in Lithuania last week. "Moussa and his representatives were at the club today speaking with the club", he said, via talkSPORT.

Dembele has established himself as one of the top prospects in European football during his time in Scotland, but Celtic find themselves in a position where they may be tempted into a sale.

"We don't want him to go".

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In respect of the culling of fringe players, Rodgers said: "There are going to be players going out on loan". They are young guys who have been playing very, very well. Yes, I think so.

"(There's) not been an official bid, but interest.

Rodgers reiterated that his interest in Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna had ended, saying, "That is closed, no more to add", while admitting he was looking to trim his squad before the transfer window closes on Friday.

"We were always on the lookout for a really aggressive number eight to play midfield", Rodgers said.

"Youssouf was exceptional past year, he was very keen to come and play at a huge club and fits the profile and has the experience of being up here". We understand where it is at and we understand the offer is significant but it is no good for us.

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