Date: 31st May 2020 at 9:41pm
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John van den Brom seems unusually keen to sell Gyrano Kerk to Celtic.

Dutch football people tend to be more honest than open than most but it’s still unusual to read the Utrecht boss being so specific about an outgoing transfer.

If Neil Lennon was to go into detail about why Arsenal or Spurs would want to sign Odsonne Edouard Celtic fans would be very suspicious about their managers motives.

Celtic were apparently interested in Kerk, a 24-year-old forward but it could well be the wishful work of agents trying to drum up some interest. Since that alleged interest an awful lot has changed in the football market, the old normal will take a long time to be restored.

Today the Daily Record reported:

The Hoops made a late bid in January to sign the 24-year-old, who has netted 11 goals for the Dutch side this season, but Utrecht turned down their offer.

Kerk later insisted he wouldn’t have moved to Scotland anyway because he has his heart set on a move to English football instead.

But the Eredivisie side’s manager, van den Brom, reckons Neil Lennon remains interested in the exciting wide man.

He said: “At this moment there are no actual concrete offers for Gyrano, but Celtic were the club most interested.

“I suspect the pandemic will put most transfers on hold just now, but I think the transfer window will be extended to September this year.

“And when that happens I think there will be a lot of interest in Gyrano again. We are expecting that.”

Dutch football has been suspended until September 1 with clubs in Eredivisie regularly among the biggest exporters of footballers.

Celtic’s most famous signing from Holland came in 2013 when Virgil van Dijk was signed from Groningen but with so much uncertainty around even transfers in the £2-3m bracket are far from certain once the transfer window opens.