McAvennie: Lennon got it horribly wrong over Celtic hijack

Frank McAvennie is baffled as to why Neil Lennon spoke about the potential signing of Ben Davies before Celtic were hijacked by Liverpool.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said “the fans would rather have not heard anything” after the Hoops were beaten by the Premier League champions to the 25-year-old’s signature.

Liverpool confirmed the signing of Ben Davies from Preston on deadline day after this site exclusively broke the news of their near-£2million move last Sunday afternoon.

Neil Lennon had just days earlier spoken of his hope to conclude a deal for the English centre-back prior to Monday’s deadline.

However, the Glasgow giants missed out on Davies and were unable to sign an alternative centre-half prior to the windows close.

When asked for his thoughts on the transfer, McAvennie told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs: “Why was Lenny talking about it?

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“Keep it under wraps until it is done.

“I am not saying that is what caused it, but it is not good for the fans. The fans would rather have not heard anything than have got excited.

“When Billy McNeill did business nobody knew about it. He was good at it.”

Speaking after Liverpool hijacked Celtic’s prospective deal for Davies, Lennon told Sky Sports: “It’s a blow because we were very close to doing that but obviously we got gazumped at the last minute by Liverpool.

“He lives in that area and obviously I am sure financially it would be quite rewarding for him so I am disappointed but we move on.”

In other news, Celtic may have landed their Andy Robertson, according to a top pundit.