MILLWALL will not be able to stand in David Forde's way if Scottish champions Celtic come calling, Den chiefs have admitted.
Bhoys manager Neil Lennon has this week been strongly linked with a move for the Lions goalkeeper.
Celtic reportedly want Forde to replace England's Fraser Forster if he leaves for a top European side next summer.
Forde has held talks with Millwall about extending his contract, which expires in June 2014, and the 33-year-old has said he "would love to stay" in south London.
But chairman John Berylson said: "If someone offers David an enormous amount of money I cannot do anything about that. He's number one for Ireland and has done an excellent job for us.
"Given the financial rules that are now in place, there is only so much money we can offer our players. David is one of the higher-paid players in the squad, so he isn't getting beat up, but if in fact he wants to go elsewhere, to a top club, he would still be someone I have enormous respect and admiration for.
"We will try our hardest to sign him up but if someone offers him £25,000-a-week, then it's pretty unlikely that we will be able to."
Chief executive Andy Ambler added: "We've sat down with Fordey and told him we want him to stay, and we'll be speaking to him again over the coming period.
"That said, the reality is if a Champions League club is coming in and going to offer him a contract, we're not going to be able to match that.
"At the moment David is still very much a Millwall player and committed to us. Celtic is arguably one of the biggest clubs in world football – they play Champions League football and Fordey is ambitious.
"If it comes to nothing, we absolutely want David to stay at this club and we are planning for the future with him in mind."