Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has admitted that losing striker Odsonne Edouard on a free transfer next summer would be a ‘concern’ for the club.
The Frenchman joined the Hoops for £9million from Paris Saint-Germain in 2018 and has now entered the final year of his contract.
Leicester City have been linked with a move for Edouard, but Brighton have recently emerged as the frontrunner for his signature.
It was rumoured that the Seagulls had ‘finally’ bid for the France Under-21 international, but Postecoglou has said he is unaware of any bids.
If Edouard doesn’t move this summer he will be free to talk to clubs in January, six months before his contract expires.
The former Australia boss admitted that this would be a worry for the Glasgow club, but is not concerned about the situation himself.
“I think you are in right in saying that is a club concern rather than my concern right now,” he said.
“No, (I’m) not concerned at all.
“If it means he stays here and contributes then so be it, but again that is stuff that I am not really spending too much time thinking about.
“I have been at pains to say that there are certain things that are out of my control that I’m just not going to waste time during this period anyway, where it is really hectic, thinking about it.
“My total focus is getting the team ready for these games, playing our football which is not easy and needs a lot of attention from me and the staff, and also working on bringing players in.
“I have left outgoings totally to other people, that’s other people’s concerns.
“You are probably right, there is a concern there around cashing him in, but those are probably questions for other people.”
Celtic won their first league match of the season on Sunday, demolishing Dundee 6-0 at Parkhead.
The Bhoys will host Czech side Jablonec at home on Thursday as the look to advance to the Europa League play-off round.
They won the first leg 4-2 after being knocked out the Champions League by Danish side FC Midtjylland.