CELTIC’S bid to sign Belgian international Timothy Castagne has hit the rails after the Scottish giants were priced out of a deal.
Castagne was on Brendan Rodgers’ shopping list this month but the Atalanta man won’t be making the switch to Parkhead.
That’s after the Serie A club demanded £10m for his services.
In a further blow Castagne isn’t up for a move to Scotland, with a stay in Italy or move to England or Germany on his agenda.
Omar Elabdellaoui is another target for Celtic, but Greek giants Olympiakos are playing hardball over a potential deal this month.
One right-back who is keen on Celtic is Mikael Lustig.
The Hoops have a 12-month option on Lustig to keep him until the summer of 2020.
At the age of 32, the Sweden star is into the twilight of his career.
But Lustig is keen to stay put.
“Celtic can’t afford £10m Belgium international Timothy Castagne”
“I have a contract with Celtic and hope to extend this,” he said.
“The ball is with them. If they want me to continue, then I’ll stay here.
“Nothing is clear that we should move back to Sweden, so then it might as well be something else abroad.
“I’m sure I’ll find something where I feel comfortable.
“The important thing is that it will be good for the family and also in terms of football.
“But I hope to remain in Celtic.”
Celtic play Airdrieonians in their first match back following Scotland’s winter break in the Scottish Cup fourth-round on January 19.