CELTIC are involved in a four-team transfer tug-of-war for Rennes right-back Brandon Soppy.

The Hoops are anxious to strengthen the No.2 position in the side and have targeted the 19-year-old £4million-rated French defender, as CQN reported eight days ago.

Tony Ralston, who had the remaining year of his contract activated last month, played for over 70 minutes of the 1-0 weekend loss against Preston, appears to be the man in possession after the January sales of Jeremie Frimpong to Bayer Leverkusen and Hatem Abd Elhamed to Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Ange Postecoglou has targeted Soppy, but he now faces a fight with French champions Lille joining the race which also includes newly-promoted Watford and Serie A outfit Udinese.

Roma and Borussia Dortmund have also been linked with Soppy, but have not taken their interest forward.

Now the Parkhead side could be involved in a bidding war with Lille club president Olivier Létang a huge admirer of the versatile back-four performer, according to a report in Mercato that claims “while no offers have yet been submitted” things are expected to “pick up speed very quickly”.

They also state the cautious approach from Celtic could allow the Ligue 1 winners to “to pull the rug out from under them”.

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