CELTIC have made a bid for Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor as they attempt to beat Monday’s midnight transfer deadline.

The Hoops have been joined in the race for the £3million-rated Scotland international defender by English League One side Sunderland, according to the Daily Record.

The Rugby Park board are set to discuss both offers, but insist they want their valuation of the 21-year-old to be met before a deal can be struck.

The champions are hoping to have discussions with the Ayrshire outfit and could use frozen-out centre-back Jack Hendry, who cost £1.2million when he arrived from Dundee in January 2018, as part of the bargaining process.

Taylor, who has been named in Steve Clarke’s squad for the Euro 2020 double-header against Russia and Belgium next month, is apparently keen to make the move to Parkhead.

Wearside gaffer Jack Ross is also an admirer of the player and knows his qualities after his stint as St Mirren manager before his switch to the Stadium of Light last year.

Neil Lennon has already revealed he expects “two or three” players to arrive this week.

Birger Meling, Rosenborg’s 10 times-capped international No.3, has also been scouted in recent weeks. He played in his side’s 1-1 draw against Dinamo Zagreb last night as the Norwegians lost 3-1 on aggregate and dropped into the Europa League where, of course, they could have the opportunity of playing Celtic for the THIRD time in two seasons.

Ghanian ace Gideon Mensah, of Salzburg, is another name mentioned for the problem defensive slot vacated by Kieran Tierney following his £25million switch to Arsenal.

Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem and Austrian side Sturm Graz are also monitoring the 21-year-old full-back.

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