Gillingham boss prepared for Dack departure amid Palace and Celtic interest

Bradley Dack has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace and Celtic.

Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh admits he is resigned to losing two of the club's biggest stars in the summer, including Crystal Palace target Bradley Dack.

The Eagles are reportedly keen to tie up a £2.5 million deal for the midfielder, who has also attracted the attention of Scottish champions Celtic, with The Mail reporting interest from both sides.

The Gills failed in their recent bid to make it into the play-offs from League One this season, with a recent dip in results causing them to fall away from the reckoning, having found themselves top of the table several times throughout the season.

Defeat to play-off qualifiers Millwall at Priestfield saw them finish ninth, but their difficulties could be compounded this summer, with star performers Dack and centre-back John Egan, who has been strongly linked with Sunderland, now likely to leave the club.

Speaking to Kent Online, Edinburgh said: “It was a dream and we really believed we could fulfil it [promotion], but when you don’t we will reflect and it looks like we will lose one or two [players].

“I hope those will be the only two and the ones that we want to keep will stay.”

However, the 46-year-old said he remained confident that the club would be able to bounce back from the disappointment of losing any of its top players.

He continued: “The ones we lose we have to replace, if we are to find another Bradley Dack and John Egan, that is what we have to do. That is the exciting time of being a manager in the summer."

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