By Alan Hutton

19th Sep, 2020 | 10:00am

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic working on potentially 'Great' signing after rival bid snubbed

Alan Hutton believes that Preston North End defender Ben Davies would be a “great” signing for Celtic if they can get a deal done.

The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that the Bhoys will view the centre-back as a potential money-maker if he impresses at Parkhead.

As revealed by Football Insider earlier this week, Celtic are in the hunt to sign the 25-year-old from Deepdale, although it was Bournemouth who made the first move with a £5million bid.

It is understood that the Lilywhites are holding out for a £10million fee despite Davies having entered the final year of his contract with the club.

Hutton believes that Davies ticks all the boxes for the Bhoys as a player and suggests the Hoops will view him as someone they could make money on in the future.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think this is the kind of mould that teams are looking for – a player who’s of a good age, a good standard but can also improve.

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“As well, they look for that sell-on money as well, they come up, do well, play in Europe, show a high level of performance and these teams can make money off them.

“It doesn’t surprise me that they’re looking at players like this, it seems to be the way football’s going at the moment, to improve a player and then move them on, so it’s totally understandable.

“A great talent to try and get hold of.” 

Davies came through the youth ranks at Deepdale and has played 127 times for the club to date.

He started and played the full 90 minutes of Preston’s 1-0 defeat to Swansea City on the opening day of the Championship season.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been tipped to sign an English ace after new developments – ‘They look desperate’.