Experienced Celtic star makes concerning admission ahead of summer transfer window

Celtic's Kris Commons has admitted that he thinks a number of the club's key players could leave this summer.

Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he expects the club to lose key players this summer.

Celtic are understood to be desperate to keep hold of the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Stefan Johansen this summer, but Commons admits he is not too hopeful of keeping the current squad together.

The 31-year-old says that the lack of finances in Scottish football mean that it is impossible for Celtic to keep hold of their key players when top European clubs become interested, and he is anticipating a difficult upcoming transfer window for the club.

"Neil Lennon had it for four years, losing good players and having to re-invest in other areas of the team," Commons admitted. "I think we'll always be like that because there is not enough money in Scottish football to turn down big offers.

"So, when you get big bids, between £6-9million, you have to take it to balance the books then bring someone else in. And that's what we do."

If Celtic do lose the core of the squad, it will be a major disappointment as the future at Parkhead could be very exciting if they can keep their current team together.

The Bhoys have dominated Scottish football this season and have a chance of winning every domestic competition that they have entered.

They have also shown signs of progress in Europe, after running Inter Milan close across two-legs in the Europa League, and seem to be making rapid progress under Ronny Deila.

It would, therefore, be a huge setback for them to lose the bulk of players that have made this improvement possible, and Celtic supporters will be hoping that Commons' prediction does not come true in the coming months.

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