Report: Celtic 'monitoring' bargain Premier League duo

By John McGinley

March 30, 2020

Celtic are showing interest in Burnley duo Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady, as reported by website TEAMtalk.

Hendrick joined the English Premier League side for a club-record £10.5m fee just three years ago (BBC), but it appears he could now be on the verge of leaving on a free transfer, alongside Brady.

TEAMtalk report that the duo are both out of contract this summer, with Newcastle and Neil Lennon’s Hoops keeping an eye on developments.

Hendrick has been a regular in the English top-flight since making the switch from Derby County and would be an experienced addition to Lennon’s midfield.

It would be a shrewd move to add a player of his value to the squad without paying a transfer fee.

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Brady, like his Republic of Ireland teammate, is also an experienced operator and could prove to be an effective left flank presence in Lennon’s five-man midfield.

We know that Lennon likes his British based players, so the interest doesn’t ring completely hollow, but if Premier League sides are keen then it’s likely that Celtic would be outmatched on the wage front.

Reported Celtic target Robbie Brady / (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Transfers are likely low on the list of the Hoops’ priorities right now in any case.

It wouldn’t make sense to welcome a new player to the club when we don’t even know a firm timetable for football’s return.

Celtic, like the other clubs in Scottish football, need to consider what the future holds for the leagues and what next season even looks like.