As we go into the final stages of the transfer window all eyes are on who might come in. But for me it’s important not to take your eye off the ball the other way and one player who shouldn’t be allowed to go at any cost this summer is Moussa Dembele.

The Frenchman is going into his third season at the club, which in some ways seems extraordinary given the amount of speculation there was around him almost as soon as he had stepped foot in the door. There has been a bit of chat that Marseilles are still looking at Moussa and a move to France would clearly be of interest to him, but for me it would be a disaster to sell him now.

And while English clubs are obviously out of the equation, I would be wary of a French side stepping in for Moussa at the last minute.

Celtic would need to boot that one out right away. I just think Celtic are a far better team when he is in it. He makes them more dynamic, he raises the bar, he has an energy and a presence about him and if I was in charge at Celtic, I’d be building a team around him.

To be fair, I think Brendan Rodgers has tried to do that this season. He gave an indication at the beginning of the campaign that he would play Odsonne Edouard and Dembele up front together but his plan was disrupted by injuries to both strikers.

It was unfortunate because I think they look as though they would blow everyone away but you just can’t legislate for injuries.

But as I have said in my column before, you cannot stand still. And selling Moussa in this window would be a step back the way.

The only way I think you could give it any consideration was if it was crazy money – and I am talking in the £30m bracket here. Then you have cash to go and invest in the team but even then, I think I would still be reluctant to sanction his sale.

Even on Saturday you see how important he is to Celtic. I don’t know that there were ever really in any danger against Partick Thistle but when Dembele comes onto the pitch you just sense that the level goes up.

He is a big game -player. He has that temperament for the big occasion and let’s not forget that Celtic are still going for four trophies this season.

There is a treble to defend. There is hopefully going to be a Europa League campaign to feature in. Keeping your best players is what you need to do to realise the ambitions that you have.

And yes, I do still think that there will be at least one or two new arrivals before the window shuts.

Jack Hendry has come in for a lot of criticism of late which I think is a bit harsh. He was brought in to get some experience but the way that things have played out he has been pushed into a pivotal role before he is quite ready for it.

I actually like the look of Scott McKenna at Aberdeen and I think he is the kind of big, imposing centre-half that could come in and make a difference.

There has been a bit of chat about that one but we’ll have to wait and see how it develops.

I also think that once the focus returns again to football and getting on with the business of winning games, the tension around the club will ease a little too.

Rodgers has never been in a situation at Celtic where he has lost back-to-back games which is way it was so important to come out of Saturday’s game with a win.

But I don’t see any need for a public kiss and make-up session between Brendan and the board. Listen, since Brendan’s arrival I think the board have pretty much backed him all the way.

He didn’t get John McGinn who he wanted and there is fault on the board’s part for that. They dragged their heels and it cost them but other than I don’t think there has been too much to complain about.

And what has come on at Celtic goes on at every club up and down the country. But as the dominant team what you get then are people desperate to seize upon some perceived vulnerability.

There is time yet to get a few players in and then you get the chance to go again. That is when you get the chance to go out and do your talking on the pitch.

There has been a lot of talk about how resurgent Rangers are and how well they have started under Steven Gerrard but I still think Celtic are by far the stronger of the two.

But what you have to do is forget the squabbling over the likes of McGinn – he is long gone – and get on with getting the performance levels up.

A couple of new players will lift the players and lift the support and then it is case of delivering the same success that the club have enjoyed since Rodgers arrived.