Powell admits he can't stop Celtic interest in his players

News Shopper: Yann Kermorgant has been named as a potential Celtic target. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD. Yann Kermorgant has been named as a potential Celtic target. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD.

CHRIS Powell says there is nothing he can do to stop Celtic being linked with any of his players after Neil Lennon went to watch Charlton’s midweek win at Oxford.

Reports north of the border claimed the Hoops boss was reportedly keeping tabs on defender Michael Morrison and striker Yann Kermorgant, who certainly caught the eye with a brace in the 3-0 success at the Kassam Stadium.

Both players are out of contract at the end of the season and can potentially agree and negotiate summer moves now, so this month’s transfer window is the final opportunity for the Addicks to command a fee for any of their soon to be free agents should they depart in January.

The loss of French forward Kermorgant would certainly come as a blow to Charlton as Powell admitted, although he knows the speculation is inevitable bearing in mind the club’s circumstances.

He said: “I was told yesterday that Neil Lennon was at the game.

“I can’t stop people going to watch a game and watching our players.

“We are always vulnerable, every club is I suppose apart from Chelsea or Man City.

“Whether it is Yann or any of the other players that have made their mark and an impression on other people, I’ll be lying if I was sitting here saying ‘Great, that’s fine’.

“I want him (Kermorgant) to stay here, especially with what we are going to go through in the second half of the season, but I can’t ever stop people coming to watch games or speculation being put in the press.”

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12:24pm Thu 23 Jan 14

PaulErith says...

If anyone needed absolute proof that the Scottish Premier League is sub standard, then this article is it! Over the years, I've seen fans of Celtic or Rangers try to suggest that they would do well in the English Premier League. I've always said they're no better than a mid Championship side. The fact they're chasing two Charlton players shows this. If they were after up and coming hot prospects, then understandable. These two players however are not that. Kermogrant is a decent Championship player but no more than that. Don't get me wrong, for us, he's popular and for our Championship relegation battle, it would be a big loss. Morrison has been dreadful this season. Most Charlton fans feel he should be dropped. He did well in Division 1 but has been so many mistakes this year. His distribution is poor too. Just lumps the ball upfield all the time. If we could get some money for him, I'd say great.
If anyone needed absolute proof that the Scottish Premier League is sub standard, then this article is it! Over the years, I've seen fans of Celtic or Rangers try to suggest that they would do well in the English Premier League. I've always said they're no better than a mid Championship side. The fact they're chasing two Charlton players shows this. If they were after up and coming hot prospects, then understandable. These two players however are not that. Kermogrant is a decent Championship player but no more than that. Don't get me wrong, for us, he's popular and for our Championship relegation battle, it would be a big loss. Morrison has been dreadful this season. Most Charlton fans feel he should be dropped. He did well in Division 1 but has been so many mistakes this year. His distribution is poor too. Just lumps the ball upfield all the time. If we could get some money for him, I'd say great. PaulErith

8:22pm Thu 23 Jan 14

James Nane says...

The point that is often overlooked by some when discussing how Celtic would perform in the EPL is they compare the team as is operating at the financial level allowed while playing in Scotland.
If hypothetically they were ever to play in the EPL then the side as it now would bare no resemblance to the current side.
Take reverse view for comparison purposes do you think if any of the top English sides were to move the other way they you would see a single player that currently takes the field at the club?
The point that is often overlooked by some when discussing how Celtic would perform in the EPL is they compare the team as is operating at the financial level allowed while playing in Scotland. If hypothetically they were ever to play in the EPL then the side as it now would bare no resemblance to the current side. Take reverse view for comparison purposes do you think if any of the top English sides were to move the other way they you would see a single player that currently takes the field at the club? James Nane

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