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Celtic declare interst in former Rangers star Kris Boyd

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic boss Neil Lennon got fans of both Old Firm clubs talking when he refused to rule out a bid for former Rangers striker Kris Boyd.

The Scottish Premier League's all-time top scorer this week terminated his contract with Turkish club Eskisehirspor following a dispute over unpaid wages and is now a free agent.

Light Blues' boss Ally McCoist appeared lukewarm about the possibility of the 28-year-old player returning to Govan while earlier in the week a source at Celtic Park denied interest in the player.

However, ahead of Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Kilmarnock at Celtic Park, the Hoops boss addressed the question of Boyd's availability by admitting the player's background would not sway him if he was to consider making a bid.

Lennon, who denied he had made an official approach for Dundee United's Scott Allan, said: “He is a proven goalscorer.

“I don't know how much football he has played of late but he’s a player with a great record and any player like that would interest me.

“You are taking hypothetically here, but regards to that question (would it be a problem that Boyd had played for Rangers?) no, I can't see it being a problem. But again, I don't want to talk about players coming and going until January.”

While trying not to get involved in transfer speculation Lennon let his guard slip for a moment when asked about reports that CSKA Moscow have entered the race for Maritimo's Baba Diawara.

Lennon has watched the Senegalese striker in recent weeks but is aware of what will happen if there are other clubs interested.

He said: “It might turn it into a bidding war — but I never said I was in for Diawara.”

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