Moussa Dembele told The Scottish Sun on Wednesday that he does not plan on leaving Celtic in January - but admitted in the same sentence that plans can suddenly change.
The 21-year-old hitman hardly did much to dissuade bigger clubs from making a move next month and Celtic should probably draw up contingency plans in the event that he does leave, if they haven't already.
It just so happens that Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge might also be on the move in January after struggling for first-team football under Jurgen Klopp, and you wonder whether his old Reds boss Brendan Rodgers should ask the question if Dembele quits.
If Scott Sinclair is a massive hit North of the border then there's no telling what kind of terror a player of Sturridge's class can wreak on opposition defences and such a signing would undoubtedly heighten the profile of not only Celtic but Scottish football as a whole.
The 28-year-old might feel as if he still has enough to offer a Premier League side, but Sturridge has played under a lot of different managers - 11 to be specific, according to Transfermarkt - and none of them have managed him better than Rodgers, for whom he scored 43 goals in 70 games.
Speaking to The Independent, Sturridge called the Northern Irishman 'the best manager he ever worked under' in 2014 and, like Sinclair, he might just fancy a reunion with his former boss.
Rodgers has already conquered Scotland and he will continue to do so. The next goal for him and Celtic simply has to be reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League and recruiting a player of Sturridge's quality and profile would not only help on the pitch, but it would make Parkhead a far more attractive destination for other well-known figures down South.
The Hoops are in a position of power with regards to Dembele. With his contract up in 2020, they can name their price and probably get it, such is his potential, and Rodgers probably wouldn't have to spend much more than half of the reported £30 million that Dembele is worth in order to get Sturridge.
It's time Celtic started looking at moving to the next level and Sturridge would take them there.
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