Odsonne Edouard and Kieran Tierney Celtic transfer return shout given short shrift but two alternative former Hoops stars floated

Chris Sutton reckons Celtic are onto plums if they are looking to consider bringing back some of their former stars.

The likes of Kieran Tierney and Odsonne Edouard have both reportedly been told they can leave their respective clubs this summer with other options lining up to take them off Arsenal and Crystal Palace's hands. Hoops fans have been praying that Brendan Rodgers issues an SOS to his former players but Sutton is more realistic.

Salaries and transfer fees aside, the pundit suggests moving beyond their ex-players and look towards signing younger prospects who are also ready to do the business now. Albeit he did mention two OTHER former Celtic men who would also be available this summer should Rodgers look to get the band back together.

"Comebacks have been all the rage at Celtic of late – with Brendan Rodgers picking up where he left off on the trophy trail," he wrote in his Daily Record column.

"It’s perhaps understandable that some supporters look at a few ex-players and think it would be nice to see the manager getting the band back together. You can understand the temptation. Fans look at the situations of the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong and Fraser Forster and reckon the stars are aligning to bring them home.

"I just wouldn’t get the hopes up. You have to be realistic, as there are other forces at work, Edouard, for a start. There are suggestions Crystal Palace will let him go this summer but the question is for how much?

"They will be looking to recuperate a large whack of the £20million they spent on him to get him from Celtic – and that’s even before you get to his wages. Edouard is likely to have tripled his salary when he went down there and he won’t be short of clubs willing to match those terms.

"Let’s face it, that will put him way beyond Celtic’s means. Tierney is in exactly the same boat. I suspect he will be back at the club one day but unless it’s some kind of loan deal where Arsenal are feeling generous, then it’s not going to be any time soon. He’s another one on big money and he won’t be short of offers in England or abroad if Arsenal decide to let him go.

"The other two are interesting. Armstrong is a free agent and that could balance out some of the issues over wages. Armstrong might be 32-years-old now, but he looks after himself and has plenty left in the tank. He would be a very good signing for Celtic, perhaps one that could fill the void left by Aaron Mooy last year.

"Talks are ongoing with Paulo Bernardo and if they can land him from Benfica at a knockdown price, then it would be smart business. As for Armstrong, a ready made player would be an attractive prospect, especially on a free, but is he someone the club would push the boat out to land?

"He’s not a player that fits the young developmental modal, but you do need to add experience at times – like we saw with Joe Hart. Speaking of keepers, there’s always talk of Forster coming back for a third time.

"You wonder if he would fit into the Rodgers style of playing out from the back but there’s absolutely no question he has the presence and the stature to replace Hart. It’s an important role at the club and he would fit the bill. I just think it would be another tricky deal to do. We know Celtic won’t deviate too far from their tried and tested model.

"There is no issue with signing prospects – as that is the way it’s got to be at Celtic. But they do need to sign a higher level of prospect. You look at Edouard when he arrived for £9m. It was a large investment for Celtic but it paid off and they doubled their money. That should be the target this summer.

"This is going to be an important summer and there can be no mistakes of previous years if they want to be fully prepared for Europe. There might be a temptation to look to old favourites but Celtic need to be looking to the future rather than harking back to the past."