Neil Lennon has called on Victor Wanyama to focus on his future with Celtic rather than talk about a move away from the club.
The Hoops boss is unhappy with comments attributed to the Kenyan midfielder and his agent over the summer about leaving the Glasgow side.
Wanyama, who made 42 appearances in his debut season, has said he would be open to a move to the English Premier League with the player’s agent Rob Moore suggesting the 20-year-old wanted to play in a league with a higher-profile.
Those remarks have left Lennon frustrated and he told national newspapers: “I’m a bit annoyed with the agent and player for talking about club business while on international duty.
“The rules are made clear before the lads go away. At any time of the year players should not be talking about club business when they are away with their international teams.
“That goes for a few of the others and I am not just singling out Victor on this but he knows the club policy.
“It is difficult sometimes when they get asked questions but they should just bat them off really.”
Wanyama impressed in midfield and defence last term after joining in a £900,000 move from Belgian side Beerschot.
And Lennon expected his performances to attract the attention of other clubs, adding: “It doesn’t surprise me that there is interest in Victor as he had an incredible season.
“We think he is a great player but I’m just not happy about the way things have been dealt with.
“As far as we are concerned Victor is not going anywhere as he signed a long-term contract.”
Meanwhile the Celtic boss revealed further talks are planned with Gary Hooper’s representatives over a new contract for the striker.
He said: “We has a meeting with Gary’s representatives in May. I am assuming talks will start again.
“At 24, Gary still has plenty of progress left in him.”
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