Scottish Daily Mail

Celtic look at Harper

- By STEPHEN McGOWAN

CELTIC have entered the race to land West Bromwich Albion contract rebel Rekeem Harper. Neil Lennon travelled south to watch the 19-year-old midfielder make a late substitute appearance in West Brom’s English Championsh­ip semi-final

defeat by Aston Villa. And Sportsmail has learned that Harper and his representa­tives were in Glasgow to watch Sunday’s win over Hearts and the presentati­on of the league trophy following a VIP tour of the club. Out of contract this summer, the former England Under-19 internatio­nal was identified as a target by recruitmen­t chief Lee Congerton before he left to join Brendan Rodgers at Leicester earlier this month. Harper has made 23 first-team appearance­s this season, with both Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City also reported to be interested. West Brom have confirmed on their official website that they have made a second and final contract offer to the youngster (left). Celtic have told interim boss Lennon they will sit down to discuss his prospects of becoming permanent manager after Saturday’s Scottish Cup final against Hearts at Hampden. Despite indecision over the managerial situation, however, plans to sign players continue. With Dedryck Boyata leaving for Hertha Berlin, Derby County’s onloan Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori has been watched. As Sportsmail first reported, Bournemout­h striker Lys Mousset is another target as Celtic embark on a substantia­l squad rebuild.

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