By Harry Sykes
The odds have been slashed on Celtic signing Robert Snodgrass from West Ham this summer, according to bookmakers.
Sky Bet priced the Scottish giants at 6/1 on Saturday morning to sign the winger, 29, before the transfer window cut-off.
Celtic are second in the betting running only to Aston Villa, who are the evens favourites to snap up Snodgrass although their odds have lengthened compared to 48 hours ago.
At that point, Villa were overwhelmingly in the betting driving seat to land Snodgrass, with the next-best priced club Sheffield Wednesday priced at a distant 16/1.
Celtic were not even among the top 15 clubs in the running on Wednesday, when their price was more than 33/1.
The drop in Celtic’s odds to sign the Scotland international come after he was omitted from the West Ham squad for their 4-0 hammering at Manchester United on Sunday.
Slaven Bilic claimed that Snodgrass had been omitted from the squad for the defeat at Old Trafford due to tactical reasons, despite the unavailability through injury of key attackers Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio.
The 29-year-old has struggled to make an impact at the London Stadium since his £10.8million January move from Hull City.
The 24-times Scotland international did not score in 15 matches for the Hammers after being Hull’s outstanding player in the opening half of the campaign, when he scored seven league goals.
Football Insider verdict:
Snodgrass’ bizarre West Ham spell might be about to come to an end, but that would not stop him being a brilliant signing for Celtic. He might lack the pace and mobility to consistently threaten top defences, but he would surely clean up in the Scottish top flight. After all, he has an excellent track record in the English Championship and was superb for Hull in the first half of last season in the Premier League. With a touch, vision and technique that can be matched by few Scottish players, not to mention brilliant set-piece ability, Snodgrass would instantly make Celtic a better side.
In other Celtic transfer news, the club have agreed to sell a defender to a top-flight club.