Celtic manager Neil Lennon has played down speculation linking the Scottish champions with a move for Stoke City forward Tyrese Campbell, The Stoke Sentinel report.
It was reported by The Daily Record earlier this month that both Celtic and Rangers had intentions to open pre-contract discussions with the striker, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Available for a budget cross-border compensation fee, it was said by the paper that both clubs would discuss a move following trips to Dubai.
However, Lennon has poured a bit of cold water on all that today.
Asked by reporters about the interest in a press conference, as quoted by The Stoke Sentinel he said: “That’s just speculation.”
Then asked if there had been any move to sign him up, he replied simply: “No.”
Now showing impressive form
After a ropey start to the English Championship season that resulted in just one goal from 13 league appeearances, Campbell is now showing exactly why some clubs may be keen on his services.
A winning goal in a 1-0 victory for Stoke City last night made it four league goals in his last five Championship appearances, with one assist coming in that time too (Transfermarkt).
He showed his positional awareness to latch on to the end of a quick Stoke counter-attack, securing a crucial and unlikely three points away to league leaders West Bromwich Albion.
Sadly for the player he had to be substituted off due to injury, but the 20-year-old has certainly caught the eye in recent weeks.
Obviously, any speculation with regards to Celtic will now take a back seat after Lennon’s comments.
However, he’s still worth keeping an eye on until it’s confirmed he’s signed a new deal or agreed on a move to another club.