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Has Stephen O'Donnell opened the door for Celtic return?

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Scottish Premiership champions Celtic reportedly want to re-sign right-back Stephen O'Donnell from Kilmarnock.

Stephen O'Donnell of Kilmarnock during the UEFA Champions League Qualification first leg match between Connah's Quay Nomads and Kilmarnock on July 11, 2019 in Rhyl, Wales.

Kilmarnock right-back and alleged Celtic target Stephen O’Donnell has rejected the chance to sign a new three-year deal at Rugby Park, according to the Evening Express.

With just a couple of weeks remaining in the transfer window, time is running out for Celtic to reinforce a side who are looking to win a domestic treble for a fourth straight season.

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And with so much focus surrounding the future of Kieran Tierney and a potential £7 million bid for Brentford left-back Rico Henry, as reported by the Sun, the Hoops’ problems on the opposite flank have been rather overlooked of late.

 

Yes, Hatem Abd Elhamed has arrived from Hapoel Be’er Sheva but the general consensus is that Celtic need one more right-back, despite the presence of youngster Anthony Ralston.

So O’Donnell’s contract snub could have come at the perfect time.

The Daily Record reported in July that the nine-time Scotland international had been considered for an emotional return to Parkhead, having spent two years in Celtic’s youth team between 2009 and 2011.

Stephen O'Donnell of Scotland in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Portugal at Hampden Park on October 14, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

O’Donnell’s current deal is due to expire in 2020 and the Evening Express reports that the 27-year-old has turned down the chance to commit to Killie for another three seasons.

Has this just opened the door for Celtic to sign one of the finest full-backs in Scottish football and find a long-term solution to a defensive problem that has gone on for far too long?

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers vies with Gary Dicker and Stephen O'Donnell of Kilmarnock during the Scottish Cup 5th Round Replay between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 20,...

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