Hoops rule out Petrov exit
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has ruled out selling Stilian Petrov.Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has ruled out selling Stilian Petrov despite the player having only 18 months left on his contract.
The Bulgarian midfielder has attracted attention from The Premiership, with Fulham and Everton strong suitors, but Strachan is keen to draw a line under any such talk.
Rather than cashing in on the player now, Celtic would rather use the player in the next year-and-a-half before allowing him to leave in 18 months' time.
''I have never met a happier bunny in my life than Stan,'' Strachan told the Daily Record.
''I think now that the pressure is off and all the talk of will he, won't he, will stop, it should make things better.
''We feel it is more beneficial for Stilian to stay for 18 months. People might say it would be worth selling him in a couple of months but it is not.''
Meanwhile, Hibernian captain Gary Caldwell has signed a pre-contract agreement with Celtic, having put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal that will start in the summer.
The two clubs are trying to thrash out a compensation package that would allow him to move to Celtic Park immediately, with the player sure to receive a more than frosty reception when he returns to Easter Road.