Celtic boss Neil Lennon has dismissed reports that the Hoops are interested in signing Martin Boyle.
It was recently reported by the Scottish Sun that Celtic’s Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond had watched the player in action for Hibs against Hamilton in midweek.
Then a report in the Scottish Daily Mail (24/1 print edition, page 88) revealed that Hibernian wanted at least £1,5 million for the player, and that he had been watched by Hammond in his last two games for the Easter Road side.
However, Lennon has proclaimed that the reports of any Celtic interest are ‘pure speculation’.
“Putting two and two together”
“I know Martin well. He did great for me at Hibs but it’s complete speculation. It’s people putting two and two together and getting five” Lennon said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
The fact that Lennon managed Boyle at Hibs means that it is no surprise that he has been linked with a move to the Hoops.
Boyle has also been in good form this season, scoring six goals and providing six assists in 17 games.
Another factor to take into account is that the Hoops will be looking for a player to replace Scott Sinclair.
However, according to the Hoops boss, it is not going to be Martin Boyle.
Manager could his mind in next seven days
That could change in the next week though. A lot can happen in the last seven days of the transfer window, and after further discussion with Nick Hammond, Lennon may feel that Boyle is worth pursuing.
As it stands though, Boyle will not be teaming up with his former Hibernian boss at Celtic Park this season.