LIAM DONNELLY admitted he is “flattered” to be linked with Celtic – but the Motherwell midfielder revealed he isn’t holding his breath on a transfer to the eight-in-a-row champions.

The Fir Park ace scored two goals against the Hoops at Fir Park in the second Premiership game of the campaign in August.

Thankfully, the visitors responded with five of their own to claim three crucial points.

Donnelly has been in excellent form in this campaign and netted his 10th goal with the winner over Aberdeen at Pittodrie in midweek to push Stephen Robinson’s side four points clear into third place.

The Northern Ireland international had earlier been subject to reports the Parkhead scouts were watching him and he told the Daily Record: “Yes, I saw it, but they are just rumours and I don’t think there is too much in it.

“It is flattering and it is nice when you are linked with other teams – it shows you are doing alright and performing well.

“I am fully focused on Motherwell and I need to keep trying to perform.”

Donnelly is now preparing for the visit of Hibs tomorrow and added: “We always had belief in ourselves. I don’t think many people expected it from us at the start of the season, but we’ve shown in our performances that we deserve to be there.

“We said at the start of the season that we wanted to finish as high as we can.

“It is going to be hard to catch the top two, but we want to finish third.

“I don’t know about other club’s budgets, but I know we have a great squad who are doing well at the minute.

“It is working and we just need to keep it going.”



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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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