Report: Celtic renew interest in England U21 international as his manager slams "ridiculous" bids

By David Walton

January 11, 2022

Celtic have renewed their summer interest in Derby County left-back Lee Buchanan, according to the Derby Telegraph.

The Hoops were previously linked with a move for the England U21 international back in July. The Daily Record stated back then that Celtic were considering a move for the Championship star. But despite going into administration this term, the Rams managed to hold onto their star-man.

Now, however, the Derby Telegraph believes Celtic are again one of a number of teams interested in the player. West Ham and Watford are also said to be keen, whilst there is also interest from Belgium in the form of Cercle Brugge.

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But Derby boss Wayne Rooney has slammed the offers that have come in for their players and stated that nobody will be allowed to take advantage of their financial situation.

As quoted by the Derby Telegraph, Rooney said: “There has been bids for players, I know that. Them bids have been turned away because they are absolutely ridiculous bids. If I am being honest it is the equivalent of me walking into say a Ferrari garage with £10,000 in my pocket, you get turned away.

“If there are going to be any bids coming in for players, they have to be the value of the players and it has to be whether I am happy for the player to leave the club or not. That is where we are at. We are in administration, we know that, and we know there are vultures out there trying to take our players for peanuts, and that will certainly not happen.”

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Wayne Rooney and Derby County shouldn’t be difficult for Celtic to deal with

It’s all well and good Rooney coming out and fighting the speculation, but he can only do so much.

For example, here’s the reality of the situation. Derby desperately need cash and the only way they’re going to be able to do that is to sell their top players. Buchanan’s current contract, meanwhile, is up in the summer and is now free to talk to clubs about a pre-contract move.

Rooney can warn clubs all he wants about Buchanan in particular, but this shouldn’t be a difficult negotiation. At least in terms of getting through Derby to speak to the player.

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Where there may be concerns is whether Buchanan sees a move to the English Premier League as more lucrative for him than Celtic Park. The same goes for any potential offers that come out of Europe too. There looks like there will be competition here.

Managing to win the pre-contract race would put Celtic in the ultimate negotiating position for January. We still need a high-class left-back to join the club, and Buchanan would arrive with plenty of Championship experience to his name at only 20 years of age.

It’ll be interesting to see if Celtic actually make their move here. If it’s a player they’re seriously interested in, there’s a deal to be done.

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