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Celtic face decisions on bids for several players

The Scottish Premiership champions are determined to hold on to star striker Moussa Dembele.

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Celtic face decisions on bids for several players

Celtic could face decisions on several players ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.

The Scottish champions have already rebuffed attempts by Chelsea to sign goalkeeper Craig Gordon, and reports claim the Premier League leaders are considering testing Celtic’s resolve over top goalscorer Moussa Dembele with a possible bid of more than £30million.

Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko’s agent appears to have flown to Scotland for talks with Celtic following interest in his player from England, while previous reports stated that Jozo Simunovic had emerged as a target for several English clubs.

Moussa Dembele, left, and Brendan Rodgers
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, right, has said he is not interested in selling Moussa Dembele (Jeff Holmes/PA)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers declared categorically on Monday that Gordon would be staying at Parkhead and has consistently stated that 20-year-old Dembele, who joined from Fulham for a £500,000 compensation fee six months ago, will not be available in this transfer window.

Reports in Africa have also claimed Celtic bid about £1million for KAS Eupen’s Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru, but Rodgers is not expecting any incoming transfers to add to his early January capture of Eboue Kouassi.

Striker Nadir Ciftci could head out on loan after failing to make the squad on Sunday despite injuries to Dembele and Leigh Griffiths.

Efe Ambrose
Efe Ambrose could be on his way out of Celtic (Jeff Holmes/PA)

And out-of-favour defender Efe Ambrose has hinted he might be on the move. He told www.owngoalnigeria.com: “I’m not joining Hibernian but I know where I am going soon. You guys should be patient. Very soon it will be public knowledge.”

Rangers could have finished their business after completing the signing of Port Vale goalkeeper Jak Alnwick in a £250,000 deal on Monday. The departure of Matt Gilks is expected to be confirmed, but reported target Reece Oxford now looks set for a loan move to Reading.

Aberdeen are looking to sign another player and have rejected a third bid from Cardiff for Jonny Hayes. The reported £600,000 offer falls well below their valuation. Norwich midfielder James Maddison confirmed on Monday he would not be returning for another loan spell.