Brighton chief executive Paul Barber has warned Celtic that the Seagulls will fight tooth and nail to keep hold of talented midfielder Dale Stephens.
The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Brendan Rodgers’ side, while Burnley are also said to be keen on the playmaker.
Stephens, who is out of contract next summer, is part of a central midfield partnership with former Hoops favourite Beram Kayal in a Brighton side that currently occupy an automatic promotion place in the English Championship.
Barber, speaking to the official club website, said: “There’s no point in building a squad with significant depth if you then go halfway through a season and allow that to dissipate by letting people go.
“We’re going to do everything possible to keep the group together as we did in the summer, to add to it where we can and need to, and where (manager) Chris Hughton says we need to.
“Hopefully the second half of the season will be as strong as the first and we’re in the best possible position.”