By Wayne Veysey
Celtic are finalising the paperwork today on the signing of Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor, Football Insider understands.
The Hoops made a breakthrough last night in their long-running pursuit of the Scotland defender, 21, after agreeing to send two players to the Ayrshire club in a hastily-arranged exchange deal.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that an agreement is now in place with Kilmarnock for Taylor to complete the move and sign a long-term contract.
The Scottish champions have held extensive negotiations with Kilmarnock over the past week about the permanent capture of Taylor.
The Scotland international has made it clear he is desperate to move to Parkhead and was absent from the Rugby Park club’s win over St Johnstone yesterday after missing their draw against Aberdeen the previous week.
Neil Lennon has made it clear to the Hoops hierarchy he wants a proven left-sided defender to compete with recent signing Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo.
Celtic’s pursuit of Taylor has been held up over the two clubs failing to agree a fee, but negotiations have now been smoothed by two players heading to Kilmarnock in exchange.
As revealed by Football Insider, Neil Lennon’s side moved into pole position earlier this week to sign Taylor as Sunderland moved on to alternative targets after Kilmarnock rejected their £750,000 bid.
He has established himself as one of the outstanding full-backs in the Scottish Premiership since graduating from the Kilmarnock academy ranks to make 131 appearances for the club.