Celtic target Ben Davies is close to agreeing a deal with the club, according to Sky Sports.

The Preston North End defender has been targeted by Bournemouth and Sheffield United. However, the Bhoys are reportedly close to sealing the deal for the 25-year-old defender.

Dominant in the air and tidy in possession, Davies would represent good business for Celtic. Hoops boss Neil Lennon needs defensive reinforcements, with Chris Jullien injured and Shane Duffy failing to impress.

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Celtic could use Davies’ defensive output sooner rather than later. So far in the Championship this season, the defender has averaged 1.2 tackles and 1.4 interceptions, with 4.2 clearances and under 1 foul per game. Comparatively, Shane Duffy averagea 0.8 tackles and 1.2 interceptions [WhoScored?].

The Bhoys had been in talks to sign Filip Benkovic and had been linked to Mark McKenzie. In an odd twist of fate, both ended up signing with Belgian teams; OH Leuven and Genk, respectively.

A left-footed centre-back, Davies has been a key part of Alex Neil’s Preston side. The Lilywhites, who feature ex-Celt Scott Sinclair, sit 11th in the Championship [BBC].

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Preston North End defender Ben Davies / (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Celtic target Ben Davies: who is he signing for?

Yes, before you say it: Celtic, obviously!

But the Sky Sports news indicates that there is some kind of recruitment strategy. If so, who’s leading that? If it’s Lennon, then clearly he’s here to stay until the summer at least.


Or, in another scenario, Nick Hammond is working away on signings for the post-Lennon era, which presumably begins in the summer.

Either way, some clarity on the situation would be very welcome at this point. One of the main things the fans have clamoured for is increased transparency and communication from the club. At the moment, not only do we not get that, but we also don’t know how players are signed.

Obviously, Celtic don’t have to tell the fans everything. But with other clubs, there’s a clear recruitment identity, even where manager turnover is high. While we’re not in the European elite, we’re at least comparable to Red Bull Salzburg or Lille, both of whom have directors of football and clear communication with supporters.

Instead, Celtic supporters are left to speculate on these kinds of things. It’s growing tiresome trying to figure out whether or not Neil Lennon is staying at the club. And if he is… why?!

Even some basic information about what any of this means from the club’s perspective would be useful. As it is, it’s another embarrassing scenario for Celtic supporters to endure.

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