Celtic eye up Arsenal academy graduate - report
By Tom Blackburn
Celtic are interested in right-back Luke Ayling from Bristol City as they continue to bolster their squad, according to a report.
Ayling is formerly of Arsenal and has been at Bristol for two seasons since joining for an undisclosed fee from Yeovil.
The Bristol Post claims Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to recruit a right-back in the transfer window and Ayling appears to be a potential target.
Speculation about Ayling’s future came about after he was left out of City’s squad for Tuesday nights EFL Cup first round tie with Wycombe Wanderers.
The report claims that although Ayling was expected to be rested in favour of Adam Matthews, the decision to leave him in Bristol suggests his days are numbers.
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Ayling was a key member of the Bristol City squad last season, playing 36 times across all competitions for the club.
He is now into the final year of his contract, so Bristol could be willing to let him go.
Celtic have made a number of signings this summer including Moussa Dembele and Kolo Toure, then most recently Scott Sinclair.
Sinclair arrived from Aston Villa on Sunday morning on a four-year deal, and scored the winner in Celtics league opener against Hearts on the same day.
Rodgers had been desperate to set up a third reunion with the former England under-21 international after working with him at Chelsea and Swansea.
In other Celtic transfer news, they are given an emphatic answer in their chase for a £2million-rated international.