This time of year isn’t easy for managers- and rumours like Liam Donnelly moving to Celtic are just paper talk for Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson.

With the transfer window over the halfway mark and drawing to its conclusion, rumours are beginning to intensify. Already there have been rumours linking players with moves to and from Fir Park.

Some of Robinson’s men have been linked with moves away. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The latest is Liam Donnelly, with the Northern Irishman linked with a shock move to Celtic. He’s been in fine form for the Well and has notched nine goals from his CDM position this term.

It’s a deal Robinson knows nothing about though as he opened up on what it’s like to be directly involved in the eye of a transfer storm.

“It’s news to me,” said Robinson when asked about Donnelly. “Maybe agents justify there existence putting stuff in papers, I don’t know. I’ve not heard anything and there’s been no enquires for any of my players.

Donnelly isn't going to Celtic according to Robinson.

Donnelly isn’t going to Celtic according to Robinson. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I try to not take any phone calls, I don’t speak to my chief scout about anything and I stay away from Alan Burrows, that’s how I deal with it! It’s tough because you have a really good squad but it happens every year.

“We’re not the only club, we aren’t pleading poverty. We are a club that has to sell players to survive so I’d say it’s part of the job.

“We are already looking for next season and we’ve already established players that we want to try and get on pre-contracts. We’re already speaking to players so it goes around.

In negotiations. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“People come and take our players and we try take their players. It’s just the nature of the game but it’s not something I’m going to dwell on too much. If someone comes and makes an offer that we feel is justified we’ll take a look at it.

“Most of it is paper talk and nonsense that people put in to fill papers, maybe agents trying to create an interest in people. As it stands right now nobody’s came in for any of my players and long may that continue.”

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