Celtic news – Athletic Bilbao left-back bid, Fixture rearranged, Kean open to Celtic return

Kean open to Celtic return.

Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean has refused to rule out a return one day to Celtic, where he started his playing career in 1985 but never managed a first-team appearance.

“You never know,” he told BBC Sport. “I have always said you enjoy the job you have and never try to get another. You do that to the best of your ability and then you often find that other opportunities arise. I would never say never to coming back to Scotland if the time was right.”

Kean had previously been linked with other Scottish clubs, most notably Kilmarnock, before taking the Rovers hot seat after Sam Allardyce was dismissed. “I spoke with a couple of clubs in the last couple of years,” he revealed, “ but I always let the directors and Sam know when he was here as manager.”

Fixture rearranged.

Celtic´s postponed fixture with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park has been re-arranged for Tuesday, April 12 with a 6pm kick-off.

The game has been moved to an earlier time because it is live on television and UEFA rules state it cannot clash with Champions League coverage on the same night. The original match was put back because of the participation of both clubs in the Scottish Cup semi-finals, and SPL secretary Iain Blair says his hands are tied over the scheduling.

“The fixture congestion this season has been unusually severe, somewhat like the winter weather which created most of it,” Blair told STV. “In addition, it is essential to ensure that those games which might have an impact on the top six/bottom six split are played by April 16 to enable the post- split fixture schedule to be prepared.”

Athletic Bilbao left-back bid.

According to Celticnewsnow.com, Athletic Bilbao left-back Koikili Lertxundi is being lined up for a possible summer switch to Parkhead when his contract runs out at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old was signed from minnows Sestao in 2007 and has made 95 league and cup appearances for the Basques, scoring two goals. Curiously enough, before he became a footballer Lertxundi was dedicated to Greco-Roman wrestling and was champion of Spain three times in junior categories.

He admits he is flattered to be linked with a move to Scotland, saying: “If the interest from Celtic is true then it is an honour and an option I would have to consider.”

However, the bad news for Celtic fans is that if a left-hand sided defender is being sought then it could pave the way for the much-coveted Emilio Izaguirre to be sold.

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