By Harvey Byrne

Owen Coyle has made it clear that Blackburn have not received a bid from Celtic for Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy.

The Scottish Sun report that Duffy could still make a move to Celtic and that Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers has already expressed his interest in the centre-back Duffy in this window.

However, new Blackburn boss Coyle has stated that the Bhoys aren’t close to a deal for their 24-year-old defender and that there has not yet been a bid placed for the £2million-rated defender.

“In regards to Shane, there’s been no concrete offers from Celtic, in terms of a written offer, so that’s the only thing I can class as interest,” said the Scottish manager to The Lancashire Telegraph.

“If there’s other people speculating, then I can’t really comment on that.

“I only deal in the facts and the fact is there’s been no concrete offer from Glasgow Celtic for Shane Duffy.”

Blackburn have already seen one centre-back leave Ewood Park recently, after Grant Hanley headed north to Newcastle on Thursday.

Although born in Northern Ireland and representing them up to Under-21 level, Duffy played for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016.

Duffy made 42 appearances in all competitions last season for Championship side Blackburn Rovers and was previously on the books at Everton as a youngster.

Rodgers has already signed attacking pair Moussa Dembele and PJ Crossan in this window, but will be keen to add some defensive back-up promptly.

In other Celtic transfer news, the Bhoys face competition from Hull in the race to sign right-back Chris Gunter.