Ki keen on Celtic exit - Mjallby

  • Last Updated: August 20 2012, 16:56 BST

Johan Mjallby has confirmed that midfielder Ki Sung-yueng wants to leave Celtic.

Ki Sung-yueng: Rumoured to be Swansea target

The South Korean, 23, has not returned from playing for his country at the Olympics amid speculation Barclays Premier League side Swansea are poised to launch a £6million bid.

Before flying out from Glasgow airport for the first leg of their Champions League play-off clash with Helsingborg on Tuesday night, Celtic assistant manager Mjallby said: "Ki is not travelling.

"He is keen to move on and the club is in discussion with another club so we have to wait and see what happens. I can't say who the club is.

"There have been a few clubs interested in him but I know for sure there has been one bid for him and I think maybe one or two other bids.

"He is a quality player but on the other hand he is keen to move on so the club needs to do something.

"He was away at the Olympics for a period of time but we will be sorry to see him go."

Asked whether a replacement would be sought were Ki to leave, Mjallby said: "He has not really been a part of the season so far so we have shown that we can live without him, but on the other hand it would be nice to get someone else in if he goes away.

"If quality players leave the club, you want to freshen things up and have competition. But even with Ki here we would like to see some other faces."

Celtic boss Neil Lennon had 10 players missing for the 1-1 draw with Ross County on Saturday, with injuries sidelining Dylan McGeouch (broken jaw), Daryl Murphy, Gary Hooper (both hamstring), Anthony Stokes, Filip Twardzik (both ankle), Mo Bangura (thigh), Rabiu Ibrahim, Paddy McCourt, James Forrest (all groin) and Scott Brown (hip).

The Irishman had hoped Brown, McCourt, Hooper and Forrest would all be fit for the match against Helsingborg and Mjallby believes they are winning that battle.

He said: "We have Scott Brown, James Forrest, Paddy McCourt and Gary Hooper all travelling. We are going to train later on at the stadium and see how they are.

"Some of them were training (on Sunday) and they looked good.

"I am (expecting them to be ready), it is a big game and the players want to be part of that.

"You have James Forrest with his pace, Scott Brown is the skipper, Paddy McCourt can score from nothing, more or less, and Gary Hooper has been banging in goals for us so it would be nice to have all of them fit, but we will have to wait and see."

Lennon later confirmed that talks over Ki's transfer are at "an advanced stage", although he refused to confirm Swansea were the club involved.

Speaking in Helsingborg ahead of the match with the Swedish champions tomorrow night, the Hoops boss said: "We are in advances discussions with a club at the minute and we are hoping the deal will go through.

"I am not at liberty to say (if it's Swansea) but there may be interest from other clubs as well.

"He is not here, we have given him a bit of extra time because he has a lot to think about.

"He has only 15 months left on his contract and we feel it is a good offer and good business on our side.

"It is unfortunate to lose a quality player but that has been our strategy at the club for the last two or three years, cultivate these players and eventually move them on if they want to go."