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CELTIC-LINKED DEFENDER MOVES

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CARL JENKINSON, who was linked with Celtic as a possible makeweight in Arsenal’s move for Kieran Tierney, has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest.

The full-back was apparently added to the Gunners’ proposal when their original offer of £15million for the 22-year-old Scotland defender was immediately rejected by the Hoops hierarchy in June.

The eight-in-a-row champions made it clear they would only be interested in a cash-only submission for their highly-rated left-back.

With the English deadline scheduled for 5pm tomorrow, the London outfit are pondering a third bid for Tierney that will match the £25million valuation without the add-ons that scuppered their second bid last month.

Neil Lennon paid £3million for Rapid Vienna’s Boli Bolingoli as he sought reinforcements for the No.3 position if Tierney moved on. Emilio Izaguirre, who made 19 appearances last season in the fans’ favourite’s enforced absence, also left in the summer at the end of his contract.

Jenkinson, who won a solitary England cap in 2012, was never considered by the Irishman and has moved down a division after agreeing a three-year deal with Forest for an undisclosed fee, according to Sky Sports News.

He made only eight appearances for Unai Emery’s side last term. He was signed from Charlton in 2011, but never settled at the Emirates and had two loan spells at West Ham and a year at Birmingham.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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