Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph has had to backtrack on his Ben Davies to Celtic news as he updated supporters yesterday.
Last Thursday, the Sky man stated that Davies had signed a pre-contract agreement with the Parkhead side. It looked all but set that the Preston centre-back was signed up for the new season. All fans were waiting on was the official announcement from the club. The tweet has since been deleted.
Neil Lennon had also been reported as claiming the move hadn’t yet been completed [Alison Conroy]. Yesterday, Liverpool reportedly entered the race for Davies [BBC], and it now looks as though Celtic are going to miss out.
Joseph also moved to validate the Liverpool reports, and moved to clarify that a deal had been agreed last week, but just not signed.
Liverpool are targeting a late deal for PNE's Ben Davies.
He was closing in on a move to Celtic, having agreed terms on a pre-contract. I understand we said last week he had signed. We've now learned it was agreed, but not signed and hold our hands up for the incorrect wording.
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) January 31, 2021
Sky Sports got Celtic fans’ hopes up last week
It’s fair to say that the reports from Sky got Celtic fans’ hopes up last week. Finally our centre-back issues looked like being over.
It didn’t help either that just days later we were reminded of just how poor Shane Duffy is. St Mirren exploited two dreadful defensive errors from Celtic to secure their first win at Parkhead in over 30 years.
That the Davies news turned out, perhaps not to be fake, but a bit less exciting, typifies our season. Nothing’s going right, and it looks as though that’s going to stretch to transfer matters too.
Davies’ future will surely get tied up today. However, the natural feeling amongst onlookers will be that if Liverpool want him badly enough, they’ll get him. It’s a dream move for anyone at the moment given the revolution Jurgen Klopp has managed to provide at Anfield.
Celtic can only hope Davies looks past all of that and realises he won’t play as much there. Even if Liverpool currently have something of a centre-back crisis at the moment, he’ll be nowhere near things when the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip return.
At Celtic, however, he would probably be one of the first names on the teamsheet. Nobody has managed to make that centre-back spot their own this season. Perhaps outside of Kristoffer Ajer. But we haven’t managed to find the Norwegian a reliable partner all season.
It looked as though that man was going to be Davies for the duration of the season. Instead, it looks as though we may need to look elsewhere on the final day of the window.