By Darren Bent

8th Aug, 2020 | 6:30pm

Bent Exclusive: Striker has 'Killed his chances' of Celtic move amid Sky update

Darren Bent admits he is worried about the future of Lyle Taylor as the striker is linked with a move to Celtic on a free transfer.

The former England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, is surprised the 30-year-old is yet to confirm his next club.

Sky Sports report that the Hoops are interested in taking the 30-year-old to Parkhead following his controversial departure from Charlton this summer.

The former Sheffield United man turned down a short-term contract with the Addicks to stay past the end of his existing contract and did not feature at all following the Championship restart.

Bent, who has revealed he was frustrated by the forward’s decision, admits he is starting to fret about where Taylor may end up this summer.

Bent told Football Insider: “It’s surprised me because the way he conducted himself, which I didn’t really like – I understood it because of the age he’s at and he’s taken this long in his career to get to this last kind of payday.

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“From that perspective I get it, obviously I don’t like the way it was done to Charlton, my old team, because I’ve still got real close affiliation to that football club but I did think when he acted like that he must definitely have something in the pipeline.

“Now we’re talking a few weeks down the line and still nothing. You’re starting to worry and think hold on, I hope he hasn’t done this for the sake of it and kind of killed his chances.

“I hope we hear something soon and for his own sake, I hope it’s not someone like a middle-of-the-road Championship side because he’s better than that. I hope it’s one of the big boys in Scotland or something’s that going to change his life.” 

Taylor netted 11 times in 22 appearances for Charlton last season, though his goals were not enough to keep Lee Bowyer’s men from being relegated.

He already has 35 games and 11 goals of Scottish Premiership experience under his belt during a spell at Partick Thistle.

In other Celtic news, Lennon has been tipped to axe a star who started v Hamilton in a “harsh” move.