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Saturday 18 November 2017

Celtic in talks to sign up Reid

CELTIC have made a shock bid to sign up Ireland man Steven Reid from Blackburn Rovers, even though the midfielder looks to be staying on at West Brom.

Reid, 29, is on his way out of Blackburn after an injury-scarred two seasons and is available on a free. He had a successful loan spell at WBA last season, helping the Baggies win promotion to the Premier League, and West Brom boss Roberto di Matteo held advanced talks with Reid about making the move permanent.

But Celtic have jumped in at the last minute and were reportedly holding talks with Reid in Glasgow today, though the move is complicated by the fact that Celtic have still not made a permanent managerial appointment and Reid is eager to know who will be in charge at Parkhead next season before he signs.

The move to Parkhead would see former Millwall man Reid reunited with his Ireland team-mate Aiden McGeady and Reid is desperate to revive his international career after missing the last 15 Ireland games.

The curtain will come down on Celtic's miserable season with a friendly away to St Pauli tonight.

The match looks likely to be Neil Lennon's final game in charge of Celtic, with no sign of a permanent replacement for Tony Mowbray being announced, despite the SPL season ending nine days ago.

Scott Brown was made captain when Stephen McManus was sent on loan to Middlesbrough, but he had to look on helplessly as the honours were handed out. Rangers and Dundee United split the silverware as Brown's hopes of glory ended the day Ross County knocked Celtic out of the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park.

"It killed me watching the other captains go up at the end of the season to lift the trophies," the Scotsman admitted. "As Celtic captain, I would have loved to be the one going up there to get them. It wasn't to be, but hopefully next season I want it to happen. I wish we could have continued playing and I don't want a summer (spent) thinking about this season. We want to get started again and the results at the end of the season have heightened our expectations. Our determination to bring back success is doubled.

"Some of the boys who were new to the club now know the situation. You cannot get beaten when you are a Celtic player.We have to bring some silverware back next season."

Tonight's match is to mark the centenary of the German side, who have won promotion back to the Bundesliga and whose fans make regular visits to Parkhead and support Celtic in Europe.

Lennon will take a makeshift side, without the clubs' internationals, to St Pauli tonight still in the dark about his own future. Whoever is in charge faces a tough start to the role as Celtic are unseeded in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

Celtic will be drawn against Ajax, Zenit St Petersburg, Dynamo Kiev, Fenerbache or Steau Bucharest to reach the play-off round which will be against Spurs, Seville, Werder Bremen, Sampdoria or Auxerre.

ST PAULI v CELTIC (LIVE ESPN 7.30)

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