Sky Sports claim Celtic have entered transfer talks with long-term Rangers linked striker Lyle Taylor.
The 30-year-old forward made the controversial decision not to play for Charlton following the resumption of the EFL to avoid picking up an injury that would see him miss out on a big move, and is now a free agent.
Rangers have been linked with the forward on and off since a Sky Sports report in December 2019, which claimed that the Gers and several big Championship clubs were monitoring his situation.
Now, though, the same outlet is reporting that Celtic have approached the player.
A Sky Sports report on Thursday afternoon listed Taylor and Steven Fletcher as forwards the Hoops are interested in, while senior reporter Keith Downie claimed on Twitter that talks had been opened with the Montserrat international.
Celtic are in talks with striker Lyle Taylor, who is a free agent after leaving Charlton.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon this afternoon told @SkySportsNews he’s holding talks with Steven Fletcher plus a couple more strikers.
SSN can reveal one of those is Taylor #Celtic
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 6, 2020
It’s plausible that Celtic could be interested in Taylor – who scored 11 goals in 22 Championship appearances last season – as a backup option.
Despite the player being linked with Rangers, though, it’s unlikely that this will turn into a transfer battle between the Old Firm clubs.
The Gers may have been keen on the former Charlton man at one stage, but the signings of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten earlier in the week suggest that interest is a thing of the past.
There’s every chance Alfredo Morelos will leave the club before the transfer window shuts, but even if he does depart, it’s unlikely they will move for another striker.