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Billy Davies fears Celtic move for Kelvin Wilson

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Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies is bracing himself for a bid from Celtic for  Kelvin Wilson.

The defender impressed Neil Lennon during his brief spell at the City Ground with the new Celtic boss looking to strengthen his defence.

With the odds on a deal for Sol Campbell lengthening by the day, and the former England defender preparing for his wedding, Lennon will have to look elsewhere to strengthen his side before the Champions League qualifiers with Sporting Braga.

Davies is well aware of Celtic’s interest in Wilson and is hoping to persuade the Forest board to invest in his squad after losing out on a place in the play-off final to Blackpool.

The relationship between Davies and the Forest board has been strained since the club failed to invest during the January transfer window with the former Motherwell boss voicing his concerns about any possible departures from the City Ground.

“I made it clear last season that, with the age of this squad and the quality of it, it only needed to be topped up,” Davies warned. “The longer it was together as a group, we knew the more success it would get.

“What we didn’t want to do was to be chopping and changing our better players because that disrupts the long-term planning.

“I would not be encouraging or looking for any more players to leave the club. I would be looking to continue the development of this team for as long as I can.”

Davies was unhappy over the sale of James Perch to Newcastle last week and is aware of interest in Chris Cohen as well as Wilson.

With just a year left on his contract the Forest board will be tempted to accept any reasonable bid for Wilson rather than allow his contract to run down.

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