By Pete O’Rourke
Celtic are ready to offer Danny Simpson a £3.1million contract to sign him within the coming days, Football Insider can reveal.
The Hoops have set their sights on the right-back, 32, after he agreeing to join the club for a training stint with a view to a permanent transfer.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that manager Neil Lennon is a big admirer of Simpson and is pushing for a deal to be done as he looks to solve the club’s long-running right-back problem.
The defender is keen to win a contract with Celtic and the club are ready to hand him a two-year contract worth £30,000-a-week to win the race for his signature.
The Scottish champions have hit stumbling blocks in their attempts to tempt proven right-backs from England to Glasgow, with offers rejected for Sheffield United’s George Baldock and Tommy Smith, who joined Stoke City from Huddersfield earlier this week.
Simpson is available as a free agent after his contract expired at Leicester City at the end of June.
He has extensive Premier League experience at Leicester and Newcastle United, and was a key member of the Foxes’ Premier League-winning side of their never-to-be-forgotten 2015-16 campaign.
Simpson made just 13 appearances for Leicester last season after losing his regular right-back position to Ricardo Pereira.
In total, the Manchester United academy product played 133 times for the Premier League outfit across five seasons after signing from QPR in 2014.
In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that a player highly rated by Lennon is heading out of the club after completing a medical and agreeing a long-term contract with elite team.