Arsenal target Victor Wanyama has been urged to stay at Celtic by teammate Efe Ambrose, although the defender admits his Parkhead 'brother' may find it difficult to resist a transfer to a more prominent club.
The Kenya international has established himself as one of the finest players in the SPL during his two seasons at Celtic, leading manager Neil Lennon to place a valuation of £25 million on his midfield star.
Arsenal have been credited with interest in Wanyama, with Arsene Wenger already reported to have made an initial enquiry in his bid to bring the 21-year-old to the Emirates Stadium in the summer transfer window.
Former Gunners favourite Perry Groves believes Wanyama would be the perfect acquisition to strengthen Wenger's midfield for next season, although Ambrose is keen to see his colleague remain in Glasgow.
Ambrose does, however, realise that Wanyama may need to leave Celtic in order to further his career - and understands the Kenyan could be tempted by the opportunity to move on during the imminent transfer period.
"It will definitely be a massive blow for the Celtic family if Wanyama leaves," Ambrose told Goal.com.
"He has been the pillar of the team especially in the midfield and was bonding well with the rest of team members.
"But these things happen in life. If he goes we must accept and move on. You cannot stop [Wanyama] from signing for a different club if a good offer is tabled. I don’t handle transfers issues because that work solely belongs to the gaffer…but I hope and pray that they persuade him to stay.
"We had a fantastic season with Wanyama last term and I could love to see him again in Celtic for the coming season. If he goes Celtic will lose a top class player and myself I will lose a brother. Wanyama is more than a brother to me.
"We are always together in Glasgow. We stay in the same apartment and drive to training together. He his a very humble man, whose company one will not want to lose. But nowadays we have gadgets (phones) so if he departs I hope we will always keep in touch.”