Neil Lennon hasn't heard of Caleb Ekuban but Turkish press continue to push Celtic links

By John McGinley

August 26, 2020

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has insisted he hasn’t heard of attacker Caleb Ekuban, despite reports from Turkey that a move is imminent, speaking to The Scottish Sun.

As we discussed yesterday, multiple Turkish outlets reported the player was due to travel to Scotland for a medical following a fee agreement between the Scottish champions and Trabzonspor.

Lennon was quizzed about Ekuban yesterday and said in quotes printed by The Scottish Sun overnight: “I can tell you hand on heart that it’s the first time I’ve heard of this player. I’m not aware of any bids or contact with the player or the club or his representatives.”

Obviously we, as Celtic fans, will take that as gospel and it effectively ends the story.

Curious though that Turkish outlets continue to report today that the move is imminent.

Trabzonspor’s Caleb Ekuban / (Photo by Adsiz Gunebakan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Newspaper Aksam (via Sport Witness) reckon, in an article published on Wednesday, that Trabzonspor will announce his exit to the Scottish champions soon!

The whole saga has been a bit of a strange one, especially in the wake of Lennon’s reveal yesterday.

It’s not as if Celtic don’t need a winger, so at face value, the link made a bit of sense.

We currently only have James Forrest available on the right and Mohamed Elyounoussi on the left, beyond youth options Karamoko Dembele and Mikey Johnston.

Celtic winger James Forrest needs competition / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Another quality wide player coming in would add real depth and avoid a scenario that sees Ryan Christie shunted from him his most effective position through the middle to either flank.

Clearly though, Ekuban won’t be that man.

In other news, Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has paved the way for David Turnbull’s exit to Celtic with his latest comments.