CELTIC failed in a late deadline-busting move for Utrecht winger Gyrano Kerk.

The Dutch club’s owner Frans van Seumeren made the revelation after the window closed for the remainder of the season.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon admitted he was on the look-out for a wide player following the injury to Mikey Johnston in the 3-0 win over St Johnstone in Perth on Wednesday.

The Scotland Under-21 international is likely to be sidelined for months which sparked a race by the Irishman to get a replacement before last night’s conclusion of business.

The champions are short of cover on the flanks with Scott Sinclair sold to Preston and Mohamed Elyounoussi struggling with a foot injury sustained while on international duty with Norway last year.

Utrecht supremo Van Seumeren, in a report in the Daily Record, said: “Lots of clubs asked about Kerk, but they never turned into actual offers.

“The only club who made a concrete bid was Celtic.

“I’m surprised we did not receive more interest, to be honest, because he is a player who is constantly a threat and involved in most of our goals.”

Kerk came through the club’s youth system and has already scored eight goals with six assists in 20 appearances this season.

Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven were linked with a £3.5million move for the raider last month, but nothing materialised.

The Hoops were also reported to be interested in Newcastle’s Ghana international winger Christian Atsu, but the 28-year-old decided to remain on Tyneside and fight for a first-team place at Steve Bruce’s side.

Two new Bhoys arrived in the window – £3.5million Polish striker Patryk Klimala and £2million Ivorian midfielder Ismaila Soro.



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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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