Celtic’s bid for Greg Taylor could be dead as the club refuse to meet Kilmarnock’s asking price, according to reports.
The Rugby Park club are reported to want £3m for the left-back, while Celtic are only prepared to deal at £1m plus loan players, reports the Record.
Out of favour central defender Jack Hendry is one option as is left-back Calvin Miller.
Kilmarnock booted out a £500k bid for Taylor from Nurenberg in July, telling the German side they would have to significantly up their offer.
With time and, more importantly, options running out for Celtic, Killie are entitled to chance their arm on an increased price tag.
Celtic are also entitled to walk away. However, with conflicting reports about whether Rosenborg left-back Birger Meling is still being considered, the club faces the prospect of the window closing having been significantly weakened in both full-back positions.
Kristoffer Ajer has filled in admirably for the injured Elhamed, but the youngster is already looking like our best centre back. Playing him out of position has led to midfielder Bitton filling in at centre half.
If the Taylor and Meling moves are off, it looks as if the ‘contingency plan’ has been blown out of the water.
With Tierney’s likely move to Arsenal known for months before it was concluded, Celtic have had plenty of time to plan.
Leaving it until the last minute, whether to ‘guarantee European football’ or not has proven before to be a false economy.
Clubs and players’ agents can hold your feet to the fire. Celtic went into last season lacking numbers up front in the wake of Dembele’s departure.
They could at least pretend there was no time to get a replacement in then.
Taylor has been an option for at least two full months. Leaving a move this late means Kilmarnock hold all the aces.
If there is still a deal to be struck, hopefully, a compromise can be reached before we emerge from yet another long, weary transfer window far weaker than we were when we entered it.