EXCLUSIVE: Celtic make enquiry for defender, as Boro prepare to cash in

Paddy McNair TEAMtalk

TEAMtalk understands Celtic have made an enquiry to Middlesbrough about the availability of Paddy McNair, who has a number of clubs keen on taking him.

The Northern Ireland international, who can play in midfield or defence, has found his chances limited at Boro since joining from rivals Sunderland last summer.

New Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate is keen to take a close look at him, but the club’s hierarchy are tempted to cash in on a player who they have seen little of in his 12 months at The Riverside.

Boro are ready to sell the 24-year-old if they can get their money back for the former Man Utd man, having outlaid an initial £3million to Sunderland.

Celtic have been struggling to get a deal over the line for Motherwell’s David Turnbull, and so McNair could be another option for Neil Lennon, who is keen on his fellow countryman.

However, there is interest in England with newly-promoted Sheffield United, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County all ready to make a move – with Boro ready to cash in on the 24-year-old if they get their money back, having outlaid an initial £3million to Sunderland.