Celtic dealt blow in reported James Léa Siliki chase

By Connor Gordon

August 23, 2019

Celtic’s chase for James Léa Siliki will go no further after the Frenchman signed a new contract.

Neil Lennon was reportedly interested in bringing the Rennes man to Glasgow. A promising midfielder, he would have given some much needed legs in the defensive spot.

Celtic will be turning to other targets now that Léa Siliki is staying in his homeland until 2023.

Celtic aren’t signing James Léa Siliki

The Bhoys’ interest in the 23-year-old stretches back to the start of the summer. Reports suggested the Hoops were in for the French cup winner who would cost £7 million.

James Léa Siliki in action for Rennes this season. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Porto were another side vying for his signature but a move couldn’t be put in place.

Léa Siliki put all the questions to bed last night by signing a new deal with his boyhood club, Rennes.

He has come through their world famous academy and is appearing frequently for the first team. Off the back of an impressive season where Rennes won their first trophy in 48 years and defeated Arsenal in the Europa League last 16, Léa Siliki wants to stick around a little longer.

Léa Siliki isn’t a stranger to Celtic Park, however.

Frenchman celebrates surprise cup win. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Perhaps a tweet following July’s friendly suggests that he would have been open to a move to Parkhead.

Could Celtic have had a chance with Rennes star?

The friendly will not go down in the memory for the fans in attendance that day. A dull 0-0 draw with not a lot of action on the sunny July day will be just about it.

However, for Léa Siliki, it was an experience to remember.

The match was during the time that there were reports linking the midfielder to the club.

He calls Celtic Park ‘the second most beautiful park in the world’ and leaves a clover for good measure.

Léa Siliki is getting another shot at the Europa League this season. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It’s not known how far down the line interest was but it seems he would have been open to it.

C’est la vie, however, and both parties move on to other things but will the Hoops live to regret their choice?