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10th Jun, 2017 | 9:01am

Celtic in three-way battle for 20-year-old PL defender - report

By Derek Smithson

Celtic are one of three clubs interested in Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, according to a report.

The Sun claim that Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers wants to lure him to Scotland next season after previously working with him at Anfield.

It is understood that Premier League duo Brighton and Bournemouth are also eyeing the 20-year-old, with the latter planning either a £10million permanent buy or a season-long loan.

Rodgers signed Gomez during his time as Liverpool manager and included him in his first-team plans, but the youngster has fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.

The England Under-21 international has been unable to recover from a serious knee injury and made just three senior appearanes last season, with all of them coming in the FA Cup.

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He is recognised as a centre-back by trade, but has also been used as a left-back by the Merseyside club.

Football Insider verdict:

Celtic should be looking to bolster their squad ahead of next season and need some extra reinforcements to help them compete in Europe. Liverpool youngster Gomez would be a good addition for the Scottish champions and is a player that Rodgers knows. The youngster made a great start in the Premier League when he arrived at Liverpool, but he has not been given the chance to regain his spot following his injury. He needs a move away from Anfield to reignite his career and playing in a confident Celtic team could help his development. Gomez would be competing alongside the likes of Jojo Simunvoic, Erik Sviatchenjo and Dedryck Boyata for the centre-back positions if he linked up once again with Rodgers.

In other Celtic transfer news, they have been given a boost in their pursuit of an experienced top-flight attacker.

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