Celtic have submitted a bid to Kilmarnock to sign left-back Greg Taylor, but they will need to fend off competition for the player.
The Daily Record reported that the Hoops have made an offer to Kilmarnock for the 21-year-old, but so have English League One club Sunderland.
According to the Daily Record, Taylor’s club will now consider both offers, and further talks with both Celtic and Sunderland are likely to ensue, with the Hoops potentially offering players such as Jack Hendry in part exchange to try and swing the deal their way.
Yesterday the Daily Express claimed that Celtic were unlikely to sign Taylor as they felt Kilmarnock’s £3m valuation was excessive, but that hasn’t stopped them from subsequently lodging a bid for the player, as per the Daily Record.
Left-back Taylor has made five appearances for Kilmarnock so far this season but was not in their squad for last weekend’s game against Aberdeen, as reported by the Evening Times.
He has already made 131 appearances for Kilmarnock despite only being 21, with a goal and 10 assists to his name, and he was given his Scotland debut by his former club manager Steve Clarke against Belgium in June.
The Daily Record suggested that Hendry could be offered in exchange as part of a potential deal for Taylor and the Hoops could pursue this option knowing that they would be cutting a largely unutilised player from their squad.
Hendry, who is now 24, played just 15 times for Celtic last season, with only four of those coming in the Premiership, and his most recent appearance came against Motherwell in February when Brendan Rodgers was still in charge.
The centre-back hasn’t scored or provided an assist during his time with the Scottish champions. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
With match averages of 4.11 successful aerial duels and 4.72 interceptions last season [statistics from Wyscout, via Herald Scotland], Taylor has posted some excellent defensive figures and already has a wealth of top flight experience with Kilmarnock.
Hendry, on the other hand, appears to have no future at Celtic under Lennon and should benefit from a fresh start elsewhere, so it seems mutually beneficial for the Hoops to let him leave as part of their attempts to sign Taylor.
Even with Celtic missing out on £30m of revenue from being knocked out of the Champions League prior to the group stage, as claimed by The Telegraph, the addition of £25m from selling Kieran Tierney should make Kilmarnock’s asking price of £3m for Taylor very affordable, especially as he could slot straight into the left-back role vacated by Tierney.
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