Lennon claims Celtic got gazumped by Liverpool in centre-back chase

Date published: Monday 1st February 2021 5:31 - Rob McCarthy

Gutted Neil Lennon has admitted that Liverpool’s late push for Ben Davies has left his side scrambling to find a central defensive alternative.

The Scottish champions believed they were the frontrunners to secure the 25-year-old Preston defender on a pre-contract before Jurgen Klopp stepped in to “gazump” them.

And Lennon admits his side are looking for alternatives, although a move for Tottenham’s Japhet Tanganga looks to have been ruled out.

Tanganga has also been a target for West Brom and Southampton but is expected to stay at Spurs.

Lennon, however, couldn’t hide his disappointment after missing out on top target Davies.

He said: “It’s a blow because we were very close to doing that. Obviously we got gazumped at the last minute by Liverpool.

“He lives in that area and I’m sure financially it would have been quite rewarding for him as well so disappointed but we move on.”

There is one boost for Celtic, however, with reports claiming that Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny has completed his loan switch from Everton.

 

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