Celtic have received a huge boost regarding their reported chase to sign Preston North End midfielder Ben Pearson.
After the English Championship side’s 2-0 defeat to Bristol City yesterday, manager Alex Neil confirmed that the 26-year-old is not interested in remaining at Deepdale and as such, will be leaving at the end of the season.
Pearson, who’s contract is up at the end of the current campaign, has scored just twice and provided five assists from 165 outings for the Lancashire club (TransferMarkt).
Journalist Anthony Joseph revealed, at the beginning of the month, that the Scottish champions are wanting to put a pre-contractual agreement in place with the player.
The Englishman has accumulated solid defensive statistics during the current campaign, making an average of 1.6 tackles per game which is more than Celtic skipper Scott Brown has managed – with just 1.3 from 16 appearances.
Transfer Tavern Verdict
With Pearson in his mid-20s, it appears that Celtic are looking long-term in terms of midfield assets, with Brown coming towards the end of his career.
It remains to be seen whether or not Pearson can fill enough the huge boots that the Parkhead legend would vacate but that would be down to him to try to achieve.
With so many changes reported to be taking place at the Glasgow club next summer, time will tell whether Pearson’s possible arrival is part of those plans.
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