CELTIC are looking at Reading skipper Liam Moore should a move for Shane Duffy fail to transpire. Neil Lennon confirmed that there had been talks with Duffy and that they were ‘tentative’ at this stage but Neil Lennon and Nicky Hammond will know the risks of putting all their eggs in one basket and it appears that they have identified Moore as a candidate.
As reported by the Daily Record, the former Leicester City defender has attracted the interest of Celtic last summer before they opted for Christopher Jullien. Moore was also on Brendan Rodgers’ shortlist before the re-emergence of Dedryck Boyata.
With a price tag of around £4m, Celtic could hope to capitalise on Reading’s financial constraints by getting a deal in place for the 27-year-old. Celtic are needing a central defender with Nir Bitton, Christopher Jullien and Kris Ajer the only senior players capable of playing at the back after Jozo Simunovic left the club.
Shane Duffy has been touted as the ideal player to come in and bolster the back line as Neil Lennon’s side looks to win 10IAR.
The 28-year-old is a hardened pro and he would bring a degree of experience and leadership to the backline. Duffy has Premier League experience and would be an impressive signing for the club, allowing them the ability to play 3-5-2 when need be as well as rotating the backline.
The added bonus for the club is that Duffy is a Celtic supporter and will know exactly what 10IAR means to the club and supporters.