The Kilmarnock full-backs have both been linked with moves to Celtic Park this summer.

Any hopes Celtic had of signing a pair of Kilmarnock full-backs appear to have been dashed.

Celtic have been linked with moves for both Greg Taylor and Stephen O’Donnell at various points throughout the summer transfer window, which closes in two-and-a-half weeks.

The Bhoys have lost five senior full-backs – Kieran Tierney, Emilio Izaguirre, Mikael Lustig, Cristian Gamboa and Jeremy Toljan – since the end of last season, and replaced them with just Boli Bolingola-Mbombo and Hatem Abd Elhamed.

But neither Taylor nor O’Donnell – who play on the left and right side respectively – will be allowed to leave for Celtic Park or anywhere before the deadline, according to their manager, Angelo Alessio.

“I want to keep the best players in our team: Taylor, O’Donnell and other players,” Alessio said, as quoted by the Scotsman.

“In the next two weeks I don’t think this player can go to other teams. I’ve read about Greg but I think they are just rumours.

“I don’t think (the club would sell him) because the club and I want to keep the best player in our team.”

Kilmarnock have already said to have rejected a £500,000 offer from Nurnberg for Taylor, who has two years left on his Rugby Park contract.

O’Donnell’s deal expires a year earlier, however, which means he will be free to discuss a pre-contract move with other clubs from the New Year unless a new one is agreed by then.

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