NEIL LENNON and John Kennedy are united in their efforts to stave off interest from Bayern Munich for teenage defender Liam Morrison.

Reports suggested the 16-year-old centre-half was on his way to the Bundesliga giants, but the Celtic assistant boss insisted a deal had NOT been agreed.

Kennedy, speaking to the Herald, said: “I know there’s been a discussion, but we’re trying to sign Liam on a professional contract.

“There’s a lot of interest from elsewhere, but nothing’s happened, nothing has been agreed, we’re still in the mix and we want to keep our players here.”

Top-flight German side Hoffenheim expressed an interest a few weeks ago before the Munich outfit came on the scene for Morrison who is regarded as the best central defensive prospects in the country.

Bayern believe they’ve won the legal fight to sign the stopper and they reckon they’ll get his services for minimal compensation.

Former Hoops talent spotter David Moss is believed to be the man who is advising the youngster about the stunning switch.

Morrison was given the chance to impress boss Lennon during the pre-season trip to Austria and Switzerland and made an appearance in the 6-1 win over Pinkafeld.

The Irishman admitted last week: “There is interest from Germany, but Liam’s our player and we want to develop him.

“We’re not accepting any, or open to any, offers for him. I think we’re in negotiations over a new contract.

“It’s too early to say with him, but he’s doing really well.

“We’re very pleased with his progress.”

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