Newcastle Reported After Celtic Left-Back

There is news in the Sunday papers today that Newcastle are after Celtic left-back Lee Naylor.

Lee Naylor – free agent from Celtic

The former England Under-21 left-back Naylor (3 caps) will leave Celtic, after new Celtic boss Neil Lennon has refused to offer him a new contract,  after his contract ran out last Wednesday.

But we have a hard job believing this story, which is in the News of the World,  because Naylor is now 30 years-old, and way over the age of players that Chris Hughton is said to want to recruit this summer.

Lee  played over 300 games for Wolves from 1996, when he left school, to 2006 when he moved north to the Scottish club for a £600K fee.

He has  over 100 appearances for the Celtic powerhouse, and  Bolton manager Owen Coyle is also thought to have an interest in the 5’10” Walsall-born Naylor.

The only reason we would think this move makes any sense at Newcastle is that Lee would simply be a back-up to Jose Enrique, and of course he would be encouraged to win the left back position and make it his own.

But we’re not sure there can be too much truth in this story,  if we were to be honest.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #1

    I hate rumours like this , being continually linked to has-been / never wasser crud.

    Surely to god, kadar, Tozer and tavernier are the way to go, not oter club’s re-hashed rejects.

    Come on Hughton give the kids a go and lets try and play some football on the deck next season.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 4, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    @1: ‘..lets try and play some football on the deck next season.’

    Amen to that, RH!!

  • Newutd

    Jul 4, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Shiiite player

  • Ericles

    Jul 4, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Fully agree with above comments.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 5, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #5

    I won’t mind having an experienced back-up to Enrique on a one-year contract.


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