Eastlands man heading for Parkhead move.
Celtic have opened discussions with Manchester City and Craig Bellamy over a loan switch for the out-of-favour striker.
The Wales striker was yesterday left out of City’s squad for their Europa League qualifier against Timisoara despite there being room for two more players in the pool.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon today confirmed the club had approached City with a view to taking Bellamy back to Parkhead.
Bellamy’s exclusion has fuelled expectations that he will not be named in the club’s 25-man squad for their Barclays Premier League campaign.
The player, who spent several months on loan with Celtic in 2005, is eager to leave should that be the case and Lennon hopes City will be keen to do business with him rather than their top-flight rivals in England.
Lennon said: “When you see someone of the calibre of Craig and the fact that he’s not in the 25 and he’s looking to go out and play football, then we feel it’s something that we can’t try and miss out on.
“We’ve been speaking to his representatives and we’ve been speaking to Man City. (Independent)
In many ways its a move that suits all parties but may not have been the 31 year old’s first choice in terms of a new destination to show off his undoubted talent. It seemed clear that whilst Roberto Mancini was not looking to use the Welsh international as part of his first team set up he also was reluctant to sell the talented attacker to any side he felt was vying for a top four spot, hence the lack of a move to Tottenham, a club who’s boss has openly stated his interest in the player.
A move to Celtic will offer Neil Lennon with a quality player to help beef up his attacking options and will give Bellamy a chance of regular first team football as well as a European adventure. The speedy pint sized performer is arguably in the form of his career after two good seasons at West Ham and then Man City, and could well be a big success north of the border. His previous stint at Parkhead on loan was a personal success with the former Newcastle and Liverpool man netting nine goals from 12 starts.