Celtic news – Hoops linked with O’Shea, Aussies offer Amini to Celts, Wallace warning

Hoops linked with O’Shea.

The Irish Daily Star says Celtic are chasing versatile Manchester United defender John O´Shea.

The Republic of Ireland international has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer and Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Aston Villa are all monitoring the situation.

The fact he can play across the back four and also as a holding midfielder could make him an attractive proposition for a number of clubs. However, it is thought Hoops boss Neil Lennon is interested in taking him to Parkhead as he looks to build a team capable of wresting the SPL title away from Rangers next season.

O´Shea, 30, has struggled to hold down a regular place in Sir Alex Ferguson´s side and fits the bill as the type of experienced player Lennon is looking for.

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Aussies offer Amini to Celts.

Aussie outfit Central Coast Mariners have told Celtic they are ready to do a deal for 18-year-old wonderkid Mustafa Amini, reports the Daily Express.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon has been tracking the midfielder and will take a look at him when the teams meet in the first game of his club´s pre-season tour in Sydney this weekend.

Amini was on trial with Borussia Dortmund last season and the Germans have since had a £100,000 offer rejected, but Mariners boss Graham Arnold is aware the player wants a move to Europe.

“I’m not concerned as it is every player’s dream to go overseas,” said Arnold. “As a club, we felt the original offer from Dortmund was not enough for a player of his talent.

“It has probably opened it up for other clubs to have a look at him, but it just shows where the A-League sits when the coach of Celtic knows about our players.”

Wallace warning.

Australia-based Celtic legend Willie Wallace has warned Neil Lennon and his players they will be making a huge mistake if they think they are in for an easy ride on their three-match tour Down Under.

Central Coast Mariners are the opposition in Saturday´s opener and the Lisbon Lion says it will not be as comfortable as three years ago when the Bhoys strolled to a 3-0 victory over Brisbane Roar.

“The standard over the last five or six years since the A-league was introduced has risen,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times. “The three teams Celtic are playing – Central Coast Mariners, Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory – are all at the top end of the table every season.

“You can be sure Celtic is a scalp they want to take and will consider it a great result if they can beat Neil Lennon´s team,” he added.

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