SLOVAN BRATISLAVA have been urged NOT to sell striker Andraz Sporar to Celtic.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon has admitted the champions are interested in the prolific 25-year-old international frontman who has scored 36 goals in 46 games this year.

According to reports, talks have already taken place between the clubs over the player who is rated in the £7million bracket by the Slovakian outfit.

But former Slovan hero Lubomir Meszaros, who made over 200 appearances in two spells at the club, has warned the club about the repercussions of allowing the player to leave.

In a report in the Daily Record, he said: “Andraz is an excellent player. He’s clearly the best player in the league and there’s no team who can boast a player as good as him.

“But if he was sold, it would be a huge blow for Slovan because how are they going to replace someone like that?

“It would have a massive impact on the team and would significantly disrupt their challenges for the league and other trophies. His goal ratio is incredible. He makes an impression in every match.

“Any team would have a major problem if they sold a striker like Andraz and I hope Slovan think very carefully about selling him to Celtic or another club in Europe.

“Even if they got a lot of money, the problem would be replacing him.”

Hoops gaffer Lennon has already admitted he will be looking to strengthen his attack in next month’s transfer window as he seeks back-up for Odsonne Edouard.

Leigh Griffiths and Vakoun Issouf Bayo have struggled with injuries and striking form in this campaign and have contributed a mere four goals between them – the same total as central defender Christopher Jullien.

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