Sources: Club close to signing full-back after Celtic talks collapse
By Wayne Veysey
French club Amiens are on the verge of signing Danny Simpson after Celtic talks to sign him on a free transfer collapsed, Football Insider can reveal.
The Hoops were close to signing the right-back, 32, this window and made him an offer to join permanently after he headed to their training ground last month.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that manager Neil Lennon felt Simpson could help solve the club’s right-back problem after Mikael Lustig headed the defensive exodus at the end of last season.
But Hoops chiefs baulked at handing Simpson the two-year, £30,000-a-week deal he wanted as they felt he would not be able to play nearly every game.
Now Amiens are working on a deal to sign the former Premier League winner, who turns 33 in January, and have offered him a move to Ligue 1.
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Simpson is weighing up his options after his contract expired at Leicester City at the end of June.
Celtic have hit stumbling blocks in their attempts to tempt proven right-backs from England to Glasgow, with offers rejected for Sheffield United’s George Baldock and Tommy Smith this summer.
The Hoops subsequently signed Hatem Abd Elhamed but once again used Kristoffer Ajer as an emergency right-back option in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Hearts.
Simpson has extensive Premier League experience at Leicester and Newcastle United, and was a key member of the Foxes’ Premier League-winning side of their never-to-be-forgotten 2015-16 campaign.