By Alex McLeish

14th Jan, 2021 | 4:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic may sign 'Well-known' defender as talks confirmed

Alex McLeish has suggested Celtic could bring in a “well-known centre-back” after John Kennedy confirmed discussions over a new signing this month.

The former Rangers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ruled out the possibility of the Hoops relying on a rookie solving their defensive issues.

Assistant manager Kennedy confirmed to the Glasgow Times that the Bhoys are discussing signing a new centre-back this month after Christopher Jullien’s serious injury blow.

The Scottish Sun have reported that recruitment chief Nick Hammond watched former Celtic youngster Declan Gallagher in action for Motherwell as the Hoops weigh up a move.

As revealed by Football Insider, one player who will not be making his way to Parkhead is former Bhoy Filip Benkovic, who has joined OH Leuven on loan despite talks over a potential return to Glasgow.

McLeish believes experience is vital if Celtic do launch a move this month and suggested it would have to be a “well-known” name.

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“Is that the priority? You would think that with Jullien out for a right few weeks then that’s a massive loss,” McLeish told Football Insider.

“Who do you bring in? Do you have to plunge in for a well-known centre-back, an experienced centre-back – you certainly can’t bring in a rookie.

“The level of Celtic are striving for, I don’t know, they may be targeting the Motherwell centre-back (Gallagher) for instance, who I think was on Celtic’s books when he was a kid.”

Celtic currently have Shane Duffy, Kristoffer Ajer, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Stephen Welsh as their centre-back options, while Nir Bitton has been used as a makeshift option.

Most of the first-team squad have been forced into self-isolation after Jullien delivered a positive Covid-19 test earlier this month.

In other news, Celtic have been handed a huge triple transfer boost after club-record offer.