Brendan Rodgers reacts to transfer reports surrounding three Celtic stars

Three of Celtic stars Stuart Armstrong, Leigh Griffiths and Jozo Simunovic – even Moussa Dembele – have been linked with exits.

The Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has told the Daily Mail that he isn’t worried about the rumours linking three of his stars with moves to England.

Celtic have been simply impressive in Scottish football since the appointment of Rodgers in 2016, and the reigning Scottish champions have lost just the one competitive game under the Norther Irish manager so far.

The club’s amazing performance have raised interest in a number of their players, and speculations is gathering at high rate with the January transfer window now open.

For Moussa Dembele, the Frenchman’s performance have always going to get him linked with an exit, but three more players have been linked with moves to the Premier League this month.

According to The Sun Post, the newspaper reported over the weekend that Southampton are lining up a £10million move for midfielder Stuart Armstrong, having seen his stock risen under Rodger’s tutelage.

Meanwhile, the Daily Record claim that Crystal Palace want to sign Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic, and are prepared to offer a fee around £8million for the Bosnian international.

With another report from the Daily Mail also claiming rock bottom Swansea City are interested in signing Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths, meaning the Bhoys have to try and fend off a host of Premier League clubs this month.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has now been asked about the situation, and told the Daily Mail that is relaxed about the rumours, as Celtic will charge ‘market value’ for their key players if they do receive any interest.

“I’m quite relaxed on it,” said Rodgers. “I think because of who we are and how we play, it is going to attract attention and that attention will ultimately lead to interest in players.

‘You never want to lose your best players, of course. But, like I’ve always said, if any player goes it will be for the market value. That’s where we see it,” he added.

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