CELTIC are involved in a frantic three-player tussle in their efforts to sign Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor.
The Scotland international defender underwent a medical at Parkhead last night, according to reports in the Sunday Mail.
The deal has been delayed with Hoops duo Jack Hendry and Calvin Miller also part of the switch and negotiations could carry on over the weekend.
If a transfer is sorted in time for this afternoon’s High Noon kick-off at Ibrox, it is highly unlikely Taylor, who was originally valued at £3million by the Ayrshire outfit, would make his debut.
The Rugby Park ace has missed his side’s last two league games, the goalless draw against Aberdeen and the 1-0 win over St Johnstone yesterday.
He is also rated doubtful for Scotland’s Euro 2020 double-header against Russia on Friday and Belgium a week tomorrow.
A deal has been agreed in principle, but details have still to be rubber-stamped with fringe Hoops players Hendry and Miller, who has also been linked with English League One side Portsmouth.
The international centre-back, who cost £1.2million when he arrived from Dundee in January 2018, is expected to agree a season-long loan switch while the left-back, who had temporary shifts at Dundee and Ayr United in the last campaign, has been offered a two-year contract.
Killie gaffer Angelo Alessio refused to discuss the Taylor situation after his side’s victory over the Perth outfit. The Italian, speaking to BBC Scotland: “I just want to talk about the match.”
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