The transfer speculation at Celtic intensified last night when Gordon Strachan, Alex McLeish and Roberto Martinez all confirmed they had made attempts to sign players from the club.
Middlesbrough boss Strachan, who quit Parkhead in the summer, confirmed he had held talks with his old team over a series of transfer targets.
Birmingham manager McLeish admitted he had made an enquiry about Aiden McGeady but has cooled his interest after being told the player is not for sale.
And Wigan's Martinez confirmed he failed in a bid to take Scott McDonald on-loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal.
Strachan, who has been linked with Gary Caldwell, Stephen McManus, Barry Robson, Mark Wilson, Willo Flood and McDonald, as well as Rangers striker Kris Boyd, is giving nothing away about the names on his wish-list.
He said: “We are trying hard to bring in people who can lead and people who want to be led.
“I want to bring in leaders and men — that's hugely important now. I have to have people who I know, players I know who are men, who are leaders, and who know about playing at this level.”
McLeish said of his attempt to land McGeady: “We have made enquiries for several players. As regards Aiden McGeady, we made an enquiry but we were told he is not for sale. The situation won't change until someone says he is up for sale.”
Martinez claimed he did not have the funds to complete a deal this month for McDonald.
Wigan are in need of reinforcements up front to ease the burden on Hugo Rodallega, with £2million summer signing Jason Scotland yet to score.