Neil Lennon will look to take West Bromwich Albion’s Kyle Edwards and Rekeem Harper on a temporary basis, reports The Scottish Sun.
The two have rarely played for the Baggies this year; Edwards has provided the bulk of Premier League appearances between the two with 114 minutes under his belt, with Harper miles behind as he sits on a measly 22 minutes.
The bizarrely-timed dismissal of boss Slaven Bilic on Wednesday – following a 1-1 draw at powerhouses Manchester City – potentially may have opened opportunities for the pair; however, the appointment of Sam Allardyce appears to have quashed those rumours as neither managed to take to the field in their 0-3 home loss against Aston Villa last night, with Harper not even making the bench.
The pair are supposedly known well by Celtic scout Nick Hammond, who worked with both players in his previous job down in the Midlands as Technical Director; however, the Hawthorns’ outfit value both players in the long-term and so only temporary deals would be sanctioned by the Baggies bosses.
Harper may be a name that has stuck in the minds of the Parkhead faithful; Neil Lennon was prepared to bring him to Glasgow permanently by offering him a contract in the summer of 2019, but the Birmingham-born midfielder opted to stay at the club he had played for since he was 12. And, with Ryan Christie being linked away with a move to the Premier League over the January window, midfield reinforcements may be vital to the cause in order to stop theRangers from ruining 10-in-a-row.
Edwards, meanwhile, would offer some much needed firepower in the final third; Odsonne Edouard is currently out of form, whilst Albian Ajeti has hardly set Celtic Park alight following his summer move from West Ham – meaning that talisman Leigh Griffiths cannot afford to lead the line on his own. Edwards can play anywhere across the front three, and with James Forrest uncertain on a return date following his injury, Edwards would offer some welcoming depth to Neil Lennon.