The verdict of an incoming manager and director of football at Celtic is key if Celtic are to reignite their pursuit of Ben Davies.

That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 25-year-old centre-back who is yet to make his Liverpool debut after his surprise mid-season switch from Preston.

Celtic were persistent suitors of Davies until they were gazumped by Liverpool in January, as first revealed by this site.

The Athletic report that Liverpool are finalising a £34million deal to sign RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate which would likely knock Davies further down the pecking order.

Football Insider revealed that Fergal Harkin is close to being appointed as the club’s first director of football and the club is still on the hunt for a new manager, with Roy Keane interviewed last week.

Whelan claims that the door is still open for Davies at Celtic but a potential transfer hinges on the outcome of a sweeping summer overhaul at Parkhead.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “If they can reignite the deal then that’s fantastic for them. You hope Davies would be involved and he could well be.

“There’s no doubt that he’d get a club, either out on loan somewhere or on a permanent move.

“It could happen but it’s down to the new manager who comes in. That might not be a player that’s on his radar, he might not be interested in him. You don’t know.

“They’re getting a new director of football, they’ll have a new manager and new, fresh ideas. A lot will depend on them.”

Ozan Kabak also joined Liverpool in January on a loan deal from Schalke in an attempt to address the club’s well-documented injury problems at centre-half.

Celtic meanwhile fear losing their own headline centre-back Kristoffer Ajer after the Daily Mail reported that Newcastle are readying an £8m bid.

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