Craig Levein believes Willo Flood would be well advised to stay at Dundee United for the foreseeable future.
The midfielder is currently on loan at the SPL outfit from Cardiff, but has been strongly linked with a permanent switch elsewhere during the January transfer window.
Celtic are reported to be plotting a £500,000 raid for the former Manchester City man, with the Hoops' interest catching Flood's eye.
The 23-year-old has described the opportunity to join Gordon Starchan's side as a 'dream move', but Levein has warned his young charge that he may find it difficult to hold down first-team football in Glasgow.
"Willo would be better served by staying here," he told the Daily Record.
"Dundee United is the first place he's held down a regular jersey. He'd be better staying with us for another year or two rather than risk ending up back on the bench.
"But if Willo decides to go to Celtic, I'll thank him and wish him all the best. He's a great lad with a fantastic spirit about him."