Celtic have been linked with a move for Motherwell defender-turned-midfielder Liam Donnelly, as Neil Lennon continues to look to strengthen his squad ahead of the Scottish Premiership title run-in, according to a report in The Scotsman.
The story, which originated on the Belfast Live website, has come as a surprise with the Hoops soon to confirm the £2m signing of defensive midfielder Ismaila Soro from Benei Yehuda.
Celtic had been expected to follow up their summer interest for David Turnbull in this transfer window but, as yet, that move appears to have gone cold with the midfielder currently not available for first-team selection at the Fir Park club.
Donnelly has seen a remarkable turn around in form since his shift further up the park and has scored 9 goals in 20 appearances from midfield, he has also received his first international caps for Northern Ireland.
With Soro on his way, Scott Brown and Callum McGregor the first-choice central midfielders and Olivier Ntcham and Nir Bitton capable of deputising in a deeper role, the move for Donnelly would be a strange one with the 23-year-old still under contract until 2022 having recently extended his deal.
Should Neil Lennon move for Liam Donnelly or wait for David Turnbull to prove fitness?
Donnelly has been in impressive form this season but whether or not he has the required quality to improve and make an impression on the first-team remains to be seen as the Hoops look to maintain their dominance of Scottish football and once again secure the Premiership title and 9-in-a-row.