Celtic transfer news: Bailly wants Standard Liege move

By support

8th May, 2017 | 10:46am

Celtic 31-year-old reportedly eyed by English club reveals he wants to leave Scotland

By Will Butcher

Logan Bailly has revealed that he wants to leave Celtic and return to hometown club Standard Liege in the summer transfer window.

The 31-year-old was pushed further down the pecking order in the summer following the signing of Dorus de Vries, leaving him third behind the Dutchman and Craig Gordon.

With the eight-time Belgium international likely to be free to leave – despite being under contract until 2018 – he told the Daily Record that he would love to return to his home country where his family lives.

Bailly, who moved to Celtic in the summer of 2015 from OH Leuven, claimed that he would pack his bags immediately if Standard Liege wanted him to sign with them.

“I always said that I would like to return to Belgium because I have my family and I am a little far from everyone, if Standard calls me, of course I will come back,” Bailly said.

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“Since I’ve been playing football, I have always said that one day or another I will play or will finish my career at Standard. I am 31 and I still hope to compete at Standard.”

During his two-year stay in Glasgow, Bailly has featured just five times for the Bhoys, keeping four clean sheets and only conceding twice during those rare outings.

The Scottish Sun claimed last month that English Championship side Aston Villa were keen on Bailly, as a move away from Celtic looks increasingly likely to happen.

However, any interested clubs may have to part with a transfer fee, as the former Borussia Monchengladbach and Genk goalkeeper still has a year to run on his current contract.

In other Celtic transfer news, scouts have been deployed as both Celtic and Rangers keep an eye on this group of wonderkids.

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