"He is clearly a player of value and, at this point in time for us, he is very important and the club rejected that. "At this stage it would be pretty difficult for us to sell him because there is not a replacement there." For me, when someone says ‘there is not a replacement there’ it suggests they haven’t identified one, not that money wouldn’t be made available for one had the sale gone through. There’s a * of a lot out there that suggests Rodgers rates about very highly. Some of it may be exaggerated, but I certainly get the impression he was unwilling to sell because he couldn’t identify a replacement. Given that Lawwell is notoriously tight fisted, it seems odd to me that he would be unwilling to sanction a deal that was a no-brainier from a business perspective, even if it meant he had to sanction the use of a third of that money for a replacement.