Mowbray can't guarantee McDonald remaining a Celtic player

With Gordon Strachan submitting a £3.5million bid to take Scott McDonald to Middlesbrough, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell must decide whether to cash in or keep the top scorer for the past two seasons.

With Gordon Strachan submitting a £3.5million bid to take Scott McDonald to Middlesbrough, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell must decide whether to cash in or keep the top scorer for the past two seasons.

The Aussie international doesn't want to leave his boyhood heroes but needs to know if he has a future under Hoops chief Tony Mowbray.

The boss insists he has but is unsure if McDonald will still be a Celts player when the transfer window closes on Monday.

Mowbray confirmed: "I think there is interest in Scott, that is widely known. But has he got a future at Celtic? Yes he has.

"Whenever any club shows an interest it's not just the two clubs that have to agree.

"There are the chief executives and the managers, agents and journalists. There are lot of people who come into the equation who can make a transfer happen or not.

"Scott's been running around the training pitch trying to get fit. He's our top scorer and will contribute immensely to us.

"There's never been any evidence of him wanting to move.

"If you sit with Scott he's a likeable lad and sensible boy. He knows his strengths and his weaknesses but he knows that my job is to build a squad.

"We've never had a cross word and I don't think he's ever felt he's not been appreciated. I have never pushed a player out of my club."