HEARTS’ Championship-winning skipper Danny Wilson is remaining coy on links with Celtic.
The former Rangers centre-back played his last game for the Edinburgh outfit in their 2-2 draw with his old club on Flag Day at Tynecastle.
Wilson has triggered a clause in his contract to enable him to leave with a year remaining on his deal.
Ronny Deila has already admitted an interest in the 23-year-old defender who cost Liverpool £2million when he joined from Ibrox in 2010.
The stylish back-four operator kept quiet about his next move, but admitted he had been mentioned in reports with the Four-In-a-Row SPFL champions.
He said: “I have been, yeah, but not by myself. I don’t choose to comment on that.
“If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. If it’s not, it’s not.”
Deila realises he will lose the impressive Jason Denayer when his loan expires at the end of the season when the 19-year-old Belgian international will return to Manchester City. Hopes have faded in recent weeks that the popular Belgian Bhoy would be returning to Celtic for a second loan season, although Ronny Deila himself has not given up on this possibility.
The Etihad club have indicated they will allow him to leave on another temporary deal, but they would prefer to send him to an English Championship outfit.
Celtic have been scouting Scottish football extensively – at all age groups – to ensure that the best Scottish talent arrives at the club as the earliest possible stage. There has been a marked change in policy behind the scenes this season and the arrival of Willie McStay has had a very positive effect on this side of the football operations.
Two players who have impressed Celtic at the Development Squad level are Aberdeen’s Cammy Smith and Lawrence Shankland.