Exclusive: Celtic confident of sealing three new signings by end of month

By Pete O’Rourke

Celtic are confident of signing three new players before the end of this month, Football Insider can reveal.

The Scottish champions are working on multiple deals as they look to reinforce Neil Lennon’s squad ahead of Champions League qualifying campaign starting next month.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider the club have are set to finalise the signing of attacking midfielder David Turnbull from Motherwell for £3million, although one or more Hoops rising stars could be part of the deal in part-exchange.

The Scottish treble winners are also working on signing a right-back, a left-back, up to two centre-backs, a striker and a central midfielder.

Celtic are actively working on bringing in a right-back, having already bid for Sheffield United’s George Baldock, as well as a commanding centre-back to replace Dedryck Boyata.

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The club are keen on bringing in versatile players who can operate in a number of different positions, which explains their interest in rising stars from England, Joe Aribo and Luca Connell.

There is genuine hope from the club’s hierarchy that two new signings in addition to Turnbull can be finalised with the next fortnight, allowing them to link up with Lennon for the start of pre-season training.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club are convinced they’ve signed a “diamond” whose value will skyrocket next season.