Celtic would not stand in manager Brendan Rodgers’ way should Arsenal make an approach for him, says major shareholder Dermot Desmond.
Rodgers is one of the bookmakers’ favourites to replace Arsene Wenger after the Gunners boss announced he would step down at the season’s end.
Desmond says he would grant Rodgers permission to speak to Arsenal, but hopes he would stay at Celtic.
“I’m glad he’s the favourite,” Desmond told Sky Sports.
“He’s an outstanding person. We wouldn’t want him to leave but we won’t force him to stay.
“Hopefully his love for the club and the set-up here will induce him to stay.
“I don’t think you can put handcuffs on anybody if they want to go to a club as good as Arsenal. It will be Brendan’s decision and his decision only.”