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Celtic target Mitchel Bakker tells PSG he wants to stay

Celtic had loan bid for Bakker rejected last week

Mitchel Bakker of Paris Saint Germain runs with the ball during the French League Cup (Coupe De La Ligue) final between Paris Saint Germain and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de France on July 31, 2020 in Paris, France.
Image: Mitchel Bakker made five appearances for PSG last season

Celtic target Mitchel Bakker has told Paris Saint-Germain chiefs he wants to stay at the club and fight for a place in the first team.

Sky Sports News revealed last week that the Hoops had a loan bid knocked back by the Champions League finalists, though it was understood PSG had not completely closed the door on a potential deal with the Scottish champions.

However, with Bakker now telling the club he wants to stay in Paris, it looks unlikely he will be heading to Celtic Park to help Neil Lennon's side fight for a tenth consecutive domestic title.

Bakker, 20, came through the youth system at Ajax before joining PSG in 2019. He made three starts for the French champions last season.

Sky Sports News reported on Friday that Celtic's priority in this transfer window is to sign a left-back. They would also like to bolster their central defensive options and add a winger.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Mitchell Bakker, pictured with Ajax in 2019
Image: Bakker signed for PSG last summer after coming through the youth system at Ajax

Duffy thought Celtic dream had passed him by

Shane Duffy admits he feared his chance to sign for Celtic had slipped by before joining the club on a year-long loan - a move which represents something of a dream come true for a man who spent his schoolboy days in his native Derry running through the streets sporting the Hoops.

The Republic of Ireland centre-back said as he was unveiled at Celtic Park: "There was talks a couple of years ago under Brendan [Rodgers] but nothing really came from it and I ended up going to Brighton then.

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Defender Shane Duffy says he chose to join Celtic over a number of Premier League clubs

"You always fear (the chance to sign had slipped away). Listen, it's a huge club and you can't just decide when you're going to play for Celtic.

"They have got to want you as well and I'm delighted they wanted me and showed such interest in me. That's another big factor in why I'm here.

"You always fear it might not happen but I always have that belief and I believe I can keep progressing in my career."

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