Bristol Rovers chairman comments on striker Matty Taylor amid Celtic links

Oxford's Jake Wright and Bristol Rovers' Matty Taylor in action

Bristol RoversMatty Taylor has been linked with Celtic.

Matty Taylor of Bristol Rovers celebrates at the end of the matchMatty Taylor of Bristol Rovers celebrates at the end of the match

Bristol Rovers chairman Steve Hamer says his club have offered striker Matty Taylor a new deal in a bid to keep him at the club amid interest from Celtic, the Bristol Post reports.

According to a print edition of the Sunday People last month, Leeds United and Celtic were accredited with a strong interest in the striker following his wonderful goal scoring form for the club.

Taylor, 26, has been touted as the next Jamie Vardy after netting as many as 27 league goals during Rovers’ impressive automatic promotion success from League Two.

Keen to hold on to his star player, Rovers chairman Hamer told reporters how his club have made Taylor a new offer as the Bristol Post again cite Celtic as the club leading the charge for his signature.

Oxford's Jake Wright and Bristol Rovers' Matty Taylor in actionOxford's Jake Wright and Bristol Rovers' Matty Taylor in action

"We've given him (Taylor) an offer that we think is very fair and pretty competitive, and it would be wonderful to see Matty stay with us,” Hamer explained to the Bristol Post.

Celtic will be keen to bolster their striker options this summer and boss Brendan Rodgers won’t be afraid to dip into the English lower leagues, having done so successfully with Swansea City.

Taylor is widely regarded as one of the brightest strikers outside the Premier League, and as de from his impressive goal haul last season he also contributed with five assists.

Rovers will be desperate to hold onto him this summer, yet the prospect of moving up the leagues or north of the border with Glasgow giants Celtic could prove too difficult to turn down.

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