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Celtic and Sunderland to battle it out for Nantes stopper Papy Djilobodji as Bolton bid for Ambrose is rebuffed; Bilel Mohsni offered three-year deal by Tunisian club and Jason Holt set to join Rangers after starring in 1-0 friendly defeat

Celtic target Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji

CELTIC are reportedly keen on Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji as the club continues its search for defensive reinforcements.

Djilobodji, seen here scoring for Nantes in a 2-1 win over Nice in September last year, is a 26-year-old defender, who has also had spells with ASC Saloum in his homeland and French fifth-tier outfit US Sénart-Moissy.

But the Hoops could face competition from Sunderland for the 6ft 4in Senegal stopper, who was once reportedly a target for Chelsea.

Nantes are believed to be looking at selling the player to a club in the UK. (L’Equipe)

Papy Djilobodji is reportedly keen on a move to the UK. Picture: Getty

Papy Djilobodji is reportedly keen on a move to the UK. Picture: Getty

Bolton bid for Ambrose thrown out

CELTIC have also knocked back an approach from Bolton over the availability of Nigerian defender Efe Ambrose.

Bolton boss Neil Lennon brought Ambrose to Glasgow during his tenure as Hoops manager and is said to be keen on bringing the 26-year-old to the Macron Stadium.

However, Celtic are said to have rebuffed the approach out of hand. (Various)

Mohsni offered three-year deal in Tunisia

BILEL Mohsni has reportedly been offered a three-year deal with Tunisian side Club Africain following his Ibrox exit.

Mohsni, whose time in Scotland came to an astonishing end as he attacked Motherwell’s Lee Erwin following the Scottish Premiership play-off clash between the Steelmen and Rangers, is still subject to a lengthy ban, but the Tunisian outfit are said to be keen on bringing the 27-year-old to North Africa on a deal that would land Mohsni just under £281,000 a year. (Daily Record)

Holt set to join Rangers

JASON Holt is set to sign for Rangers after a development fee was agreed with Hearts.

Holt, who featured in the Ibrox side’s 1-0 defeat against Burnley at Ibrox last night, is a free agent after his contract at Tynecastle ran out.

It is understood that a fee in the region of £65,000 has been agreed with the Tynecastle club, paving the way for Holt to make the move west. (The Scotsman)

Arfield strike buries Rangers

A GOAL from former Falkirk midfielder Scott Arfield was enough to secure a win for Burnley in last night’s friendly with Rangers at Ibrox.

Over 22,300 fans turned out for the match, which saw seven new players turn out for the Gers, as well as Jason Holt.

Wes Foderingham, James Tavernier, Robbie Kiernan, Danny Wilson, Andy Halliday, Martyn Waghorn and substitute Jason Thompson all appeared for Mark Warburton’s side. (The Scotsman)

Warburton tight-lipped over Allan interest

MARK Warburton would not be drawn last night on continued speculation that he is about to make a move for Hibs midfielder Scott Allan.

Warburton, whose side face Hibs in the Petrofac Training Cup at Easter Road on Saturday, said: “Scott Allan is a Hibernian player and I think it’s really disrespectful for any manager to talk about another team’s player, if I’m honest with you.

“So, from my point of view, we focus on what we have here and see what happens in the coming days.” (The Scotsman)

News in brief

• Ayr and a youthful Hibs side played out a 0-0 draw at Somerset Park last night while Alan Stubbs took in the Rangers-Burnley friendly

• Barnsley left Rugby Park with a win after former Inverness midfielder Marley Watkins’ strike gave the Tykes a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock

• Ronny Deila has dismissed claims that Stjarnan could have an advantage over Celtic in Iceland thanks to their artificial pitch

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