CELTIC have been linked with Finnish international left-back Jere Uronen of Belgian outfit Genk.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon is on the look-out to strengthen the No.3 position following the loan switch of Boli Bolingoli earlier in the week.

The nine-in-a-row champions are without back-up for Greg Taylor and Lennon has looked at Preston’s Ben Davies while Charlton Athletic’s Alfie Doughty is also on his radar.

Reports indicate the Parkhead side have shown a “concrete interest” in Uronen who has racked up almost 150 appearances in four years with the Belgians and has been capped 42 times by his country.

Uronen, who played under Hoops legend Henrik Larsson at Helsingborgs before his move to Genk in 2016, has two years left on his contract.

And the 26-year-old defender is also attracting interest from several teams in Italy, plus two unnamed clubs from the Bundesliga.

NUMBER ONE…Shane Duffy (centre) flashes a header beyond Bobby Zlamal.

NUMBER TWO…James Forrest leaves the Saints keeper helpless with an unstoppable header.

Lennon issued a fresh transfer update following last night’s 2-1 win over St Mirren in Paisley. The Irishman, in a report in the Scottish Sun, said: “I’ll speak to Nick (Hammond, sporting director) and Peter (Lawwell, chief executive) over the next couple of days.

“But, as I have already said, if we don’t do any more business I’m delighted with the squad we’ve got.”

The champions faced a stubborn Paisley outfit and were a goal down in three minutes when Lee Erwin scrambled home a corner-kick with the visitors’ defence all over the place.

However, Shane Duffy thumped in a header – his second in successive games since his loan arrival from Brighton – and James Forrest zipped in the winner before the interval.

Reflecting on the Scotland international winger’s flying header, Lennon said: ”

Lenny said: “It was a bullet. We were all taken aback by it on the bench and rubbing our eyes.

OOPS…Odsonne Edouard watches as Bobby Zlamal saves his penalty-kick.

“It’s a collector’s item. It’s a fantastic goal he’s used the pace of the ball to guide it into the top corner. It’s unsaveable, really.

“Ryan Christie has flipped it in on the angle and it’s a brilliantly guided header by James.

“He’s a player who goes under the radar, but he’s scored so many important goals for us and he’s done it again on this occasion.”

Lennon was naturally delighted with the three points and the club can go top of the Premiership if they beat Livingston at Parkhead on Saturday.

The only disappointment against the Saints was a sloppy penalty-kick from Odssone Edouard 15 minutes from time that was saved by on-loan keeper Bobby Zlamal.


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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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