Chris Sutton insists the Celtic board owe it to the fans to keep Odsonne Edouard for another season.
The Parkhead legend railed against the prospect of the club's star striker being sold in a fierce debate on the latest Record Celtic podcast.
Edouard has attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal but Sutton is adamant this season is far too important to countenance a sale, regardless of the figures on offer.
With the possibility of an exit up for the Frenchman up for discussion, the former striker reckons it would sting more than the painful departures of Brendan Rodgers and Kieran Tierney.
"Totally different, Brendan Rodgers jumping ship," Sutton said. "Kieran Tierney, totally different.
"Odsonne Edouard is Celtic 's striker, he's their main striker. He is so important to the team.
"I don't care what you say, the club actually owe the fans on this."
Sutton maintains even a mega offer from the Premier League or elsewhere should not change the club's stance.
He continued: "Is he under contract? Players sign up for a contract.
"Look what's happened with Lionel Messi, he's had to stay at Barcelona. I know it's a slightly different situation with the contract wrangle, whether there was or wasn't a clause.
"He's staying, he's not sulking."
Speaking to Record Sport's Michael Gannon and Craig Swan, Sutton believes fans would feel stabbed in the back if Edouard was to sold.
He added: "Would that not be a slap in the face for the supporters who have paid their hard earned money for years and years and years?
"Ploughed tens of thousands, millions of pounds into the football club, to get to this stage.
"To support the club through thick and thin, through the difficult times in the 90s, the hardcore supporters were still turning up when Rangers were dominating.
"Celtic turned it round at the start of the 00s, a good tussle with Rangers and now to get to this situation.
"I don't care what you say about history, it is so, so important and it's in touching distance.
"Therefore, for the club to sell their star player at this point in time... imagine the Rangers dressing room!"