Neil Lennon has put a £25million valuation on Victor Wanyama after criticising the Kenyan's representative for revealing that the player has turned down the offer of a new contract from Celtic.
The 21-year-old midfielder signed a four-year deal when he moved from Belgian side Beerschot for a reported £900,000 in 2011 but the Parkhead club, in line with their recent policy of rewarding performances, have offered him new terms.
But following Wanyama's impressive show for the Hoops in their Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday, the player's agent, Rob Moore, said: "Victor has informed Celtic the contract offer fell short of his expectations."
"I don't know (if the value is realistic) but it is what I value him at," said Lennon. "I think he is a wonderful talent and he can only get better."
Lennon was less complimentary when discussing Moore's revelation. He said: "Unfortunately, for some reason, Victor's agent and representative has come out and made public that they have turned down a contract. I am not sure Victor has turned it down.
"This has come out of the blue and I am disappointed that this has come out in public.
"We don't want to do our negotiations in public."
Penalties put Hibs second
Two penalties from Leigh Griffiths helped send Hibernian into second place in the Scottish Premier League as they prevailed in another eventful trip to Fir Park.
Motherwell striker Michael Higdon missed from the spot in between the second-half double after David Wotherspoon's impressive long-range strike had put the visitors in front.
Danny Handling completed what looks like a 4-0 thrashing on paper but Motherwell will still feel aggrieved at the display of referee Stevie O'Reilly.
The fixture has seen plenty of drama in recent seasons - a four-goal comeback from the hosts completed, a penalty shootout, and a floodlight fire that sparked an abandonment and a total of 30 goals in five games.
Last night a phantom goal and three controversial penalties in 10 minutes were added to the list.