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Monday, 4 December, 2000, 12:39 GMT
Celtic still to match Taylor's price
Neil Lennon gives chase to Harry Kewell on Saturday
Neil Lennon gives chase to Harry Kewell on Saturday
Leicester City manager Peter Taylor insists that Celtic have still to make an offer sufficient to prise Neil Lennon from Filbert Street.

The Scottish press was unanimous on Monday morning in predicting that the midfielder would be a Celtic player by midweek.

But Taylor suggests that the Premier League leaders have not yet made an improved offer and that, if they have not delivered one by Tuesday, the transfer will be dead.

Lennon had said at the weekend that he had asked for a move and that the victory over Leeds United would be his last game for the English Premiership club.

Improved offer

Taylor, though, says that Celtic have not come up with another offer since the 5m bid that was rejected by the Foxes at the beginning of last week.

He dismissed Celtic's claims that they had made an improved offer, reported to be about 5.5m, for the former Crewe Alexandra player.

Taylor said: "I know how Neil feels and I am not surprised that he said what he did.

"But I have to stress that, as far as I am concerned, nothing has changed over the weekend.

Personal offer

"There has been no bid from Celtic that matches our conditions and I have not heard from them since we rejected their latest offer over a week ago.

Peter Taylor has again contradicted Martin O'Neill
Peter Taylor has again contradicted Martin O'Neill
"The reports on Friday about Celtic having made an improved offer were not true.

"The players, including Neil, are on a day off today and my personal view is that if nothing happens by tomorrow then nothing will."

Lennon signed a new four-year contract in the summer following Martin O'Neill's move to Celtic and Taylor's arrival at Filbert Street.

That was despite it being the Northern Ireland international's boyhood dream to play for the Glasgow club.

"It might sound strange, but I didn't want a shadow cast over the new manager," said the 29-year-old.

"That could have been damaging to the club and I didn't want that.

Transfer request

"I have had a tremendous time at Filbert Street, the best of my career, and the fans have been great to me, but it could be that I have played my last game for them.

"I haven't actually put in a written transfer request, but I suppose making my decision is the same thing really.

"It is now up to the two clubs to sort things out."

Celtic manager Martin O'Neill insisted on Friday that Taylor had told him that his latest offer was acceptable to Leicester.

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03 Dec 00 |  Northern Ireland
Lennon asks for move
01 Dec 00 |  Northern Ireland
Lennon's future still uncertain
30 Nov 00 |  Northern Ireland
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27 Nov 00 |  Leicester City
Taylor reveals Lennon offer
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