By Noel Whelan

29th Aug, 2020 | 8:00pm

Exclusive: Whelan wowed as Celtic work on signing English 25-yr-old

Celtic target Ben Davies has been tipped to “settle in very quickly” if he were to make the move to Parkhead by Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen forward said that being surrounded by quality players at Celtic would help him adapt.

As revealed by Football Insider Preston North End’s Davies, 25, is being lined up by the Hoops as a potential replacement for Kristoffer Ajer.

Ajer, 22, who has two years left on his contract, has rejected multiple attempts by Celtic to secure his long-term future with Premier League and Italian clubs interested in his signature.

Meanwhile Preston academy graduate Davies, who has played 126 games for the club, has one year left to run on his current Deepdale deal.

Asked by Football Insider whether Davies has the ability required of a Celtic player,  Whelan said: “Well we’re talking about a Championship player and, with no disrespect to the Scottish league, it is very competitive.

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“There is a different level of footballer that you’d be coming up against in Scotland

“There are very few internationals will you be coming up against week in, week out in the Scottish Premiership unlike the Championship.

“So for him to go to Celtic he could adapt.

“He’ll be playing at one of the biggest clubs in Scotland dominating every single game possession wise and winning the majority of those.

“It’s not like he’s going to a lesser club where he’ll be marking someone like Edouard, he’ll be playing with them.

“You’d expect him to settle in very quickly and knowing that you have great players around you, always helps a player moving from a Championship club.”

In other Celtic news, Football Insider can REVEAL the club’s board is fearing that a star player is engineering a move after talks with Brendan Rodgers.