Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd believes staying with the Scottish champions for another couple of seasons would be the best move for Moussa Dembele.
The former Fulham forward has been subject of speculation linking him with a move to AC Milan recently but the ex-Scotland international has questioned whether that would be the right thing for the career of the 20-year-old.
Dembele has also been rumoured to be a transfer target for Chelsea, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille and is much sought after having bagged 32 goals in 46 matches for the Bhoys in the recent campaign.
Boyd had this advice for the Frenchman.
“I would say he could stay here for at least another few years,” he told the Evening Times.
“You have got everything here that you need – what kind of songs are they going to sing over in Milan about him?
“It is a great club and he is only a young boy. He still needs a few years to develop.
“I don’t know where Milan are at the moment and who they have up front but it might be that he still needs a bit of experience to fit in there. Would he be sitting on the bench? I don’t know.
“But he is playing here, he has good competition with a player who scored 40 goals the season before last – and I think it helped Dembele – to have someone there giving him a wee push – so I would rather he stayed here to develop.
“He still has a lot to learn as have a lot of the players, most of whom have youth on their side.
“You want them in here and you just have to look at how Brendan has brought him on. It is the right environment here to help players and although I think he will eventually go, hopefully it is not in the near future.”
Celtic have already reacted to the speculation by claiming they will reject all offers for their star until they know their Champions League qualifying fate.
Dembele played a crucial role in the Bhoys going through the 2016-17 season unbeaten, with Rodgers’ men winning a momentous treble.