Neil Lennon Keen on Signing Outcast Newcastle Midfielder for Celtic in January

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is keen on signing Newcastle midfielder Ki Sung-yueng during the upcoming January transfer window, with the player continuing to be linked with a move away from St James' Park.

The 30-year-old has fallen behind Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and the Longstaff brothers in the pecking order this season. He has made just three appearances in the Premier League in 2019/20, last featuring for his side back in September in the 5-0 defeat to Leicester.


As a result of his lack of game time this season, he has been linked with a move away from the club. The player's contract is due to expire at the end of the season, but his father has ​recently revealed that he is looking to leave during the upcoming winter window. 

​Football Insider are now reporting that Celtic boss Lennon is keen on signing Ki in January as he looks to recruit a central midfielder to bolster his squad. 

The report notes that Lennon is a 'huge admirer' of the player, who made 87 appearances for Celtic between 2010 and 2012. In this time, he scored 11 times and provided 15 assists. 

Football Insider reported in November that Newcastle are willing to listen to offers for Ki, with the South Korean not in manager Steve Bruce's plans going forward.

Celtic are currently top of the Scottish Premiership, having picked up 49 points from their opening 18 games. They are five points ahead of second-placed Rangers, but have played one game more than Steven Gerrard's men.

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Ki joined Newcastle in June 2018 and has gone on to make 22 appearances for the Magpies. However, he has only managed to provide one assist in this time, while he has also failed to find the back of the net in his time at the club. 

Source : 90min