By Derek Smithson
Blackburn and Sheffield Untied are set to offer Celtic attacker Gary Mackay-Steven a loan move, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim that the English duo have both made contact for the 26-year-old and want to sign him for next season.
It is understood that both teams have made contact with the players’ representatives and are trying to tie up loan deals.
Mackay-Steven has endured a frustrating season at Celtic Park and been on the fringes of Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
The Scottish winger made just 11 appearances across all competitions, failing to register a single goal or assist.
He quickly fell down the pecking order of attackers under Rodgers and failed to complete 90 minutes in any match.
Sheffield United look set to give Mackay-Steven a lifeline loan move after recently clinching the League One Crow, but the wide man is yet to play football outside of the Scottish leagues.
Meanwhile, Blackburn have been relegated from the Championship after final-day heartache and will need a lift for next season.
Football Insider verdict:
Celtic have proven this season the quality they have in their squad after going the entire domestic season unbeaten and it seems highly unlikely that Mackay-Steven will force his way into contention anytime soon. The winger has not done enough to get Rodgers’ attention and lacks the end product to be a regular first teamer. A loan move away could be in his best interests to try rekindle his best form and Sheffield United could give him the opportunity to play Championship football. The 26-year-old still has two years remaining on his deal and Celtic could look to sell him on for a good price if he succeeds out on loan.
In other Celtic transfer news, AC Milan have made contact over striker Moussa Dembele.