Report claims Celtic are expected to bid for 21-yr-old, Lennon is an admirer

Report claims Celtic are expected to bid for 21-yr-old, Lennon is an admirer – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Celtic have been linked with a move for Greg Taylor this summer.

Neil Lennon is expected to bring in a left-back to replace Kieran Tierney before the window closes and Taylor has impressed with Kilmarnock so far.

The 21-year-old defender has now spoken about the transfer interest in him.

Taylor revealed that he needs to keep his head down and work hard. The transfer will be down to the club he plays for and his suitors.

However, he believes that the interest in him is a positive and it shows that he is doing well as a player.

Taylor said: “I’m contracted to Kilmarnock so I’ve just got to keep doing what I can. If that’s enough to impress other teams that can only be a positive. I’ve not had to speak to the manager about it yet because there’s not been a bid come in. You don’t really have any choice; you’ve got to do your job on a Saturday. If you’re not doing that the suitors and talk about moves will quickly go away. So it’s important to get the head down and just work hard.”

Daily Record claims that Celtic are expected to bid for the defender this summer. Apparently, Neil Lennon is an admirer of the player.

It will be interesting to see what happens when the offer comes in. Celtic will be a step up for Taylor and he is likely to be tempted to join them.

Kilmarnock might struggle to hold on to their prized asset if a top club like Celtic comes in.

Celtic have the cash from Tierney’s sale and they should look to wrap up Taylor’s signing quickly if they really want him.

The window shuts in the first week of September and Celtic cannot afford to leave it late.

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Griffiths shares what Lennon told Celtic players straight after Champions League exit

Griffiths shares what Lennon told Celtic players straight after Champions League exit – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Celtic were sent crashing out of the Champions League qualifiers last week after suffering a shocking 4-3 loss at the hands of CFR Cluj in the return-leg of their third qualifying round clash.

The Hoops will now focus on qualifying for the Europa League group stages, and will have to beat Swedish side AIK to do so.

Manager Neil Lennon knows all about the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League group stages after Celtic lost to Basel in the qualifiers back in 2002, but Martin O’Neill’s side went on to reach the final of the Europa League the same season, and he has told his team to put the Cluj heartbreak behind them and look towards impressing in the other continental competition.

Hoops striker Leigh Griffiths revealed that it was what Lennon told them right after the clash last week, and it will be interesting to see if that can serve as motivation.

“The gaffer touched on the fact that when he was a player, his Celtic team were put out the Champions League and that season they made the final. He mentioned that straight after the game on Tuesday,” the Hoops star told The Scottish Sun.

“So hopefully there is that silver lining to the cloud for us, too. If we do get through, and we can go on a decent run, then who knows where it can take us. That Celtic team had Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton and John Hartson. There aren’t players like that kicking about anymore.

“So it’s time for us to make a name for ourselves, whether it be me, Odsonne Edouard, Scott Brown or James Forrest. Other teams have made the last 16 of the Champions League, so we need to make sure we are remembered for doing something.”

Despite missing out on the chance to play some of the biggest clubs on the planet for the second time running, Celtic still have a tough job on their hands if they are to go far in the Europa League.

The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Roma, Porto, Lazio, AC Milan and Sevilla are all competing for the prize, highlighting the huge quality on display, and it will be interesting to see how the Scottish Premiership champs fare.

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Report: Celtic closing in on £14m man Gerrard once dubbed fantastic

Report: Celtic closing in on £14m man Gerrard once dubbed fantastic – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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According to The Express, Celtic are closing in on a loan move for Bournemouth forward Jordon Ibe as manager Neil Lennon looks to bolster his attack ahead of the September 2 Scottish transfer deadline day.

The 23-year-old is down the pecking order at the Vitality Stadium and is yet to make an appearance this term.

Ibe only featured in Eddie Howe’s starting XI on nine occasions last season, and could be on his way out this summer, and while Celtic will love to have him, they face stiff competition from Napoli, Fiorentina and Galatasaray.

The Hoops can land the former Liverpool man for around £20 million, but aren’t prepared to meet Bournemouth’s asking price and are pushing for a loan deal instead.

While Ibe hasn’t particularly impressed since arriving from Anfield in the summer of 2016 for a then-club record £14million, he still has the potential to make Celtic better.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard said of him after a game against Everton back in February 2015:

“Jordon was fantastic and was man of the match. It was a sensational performance from him and he’s got a big future.”

Lennon needs a quality attacking addition who can hit the ground running and make an instant impact at Parkhead as Celtic look to retain their domestic treble and impress in the Europa League.

If Ibe, who has flattered to deceive, is capable of doing that remains to be seen, but gambling on the Premier League man, who Brendan Rodgers also tipped for a bright future, could be worth it in the end.

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