Paddy McNair is thriving, after Lennon reportedly scrapped Celtic move

Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League group E match between Celtic FC and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on October 03, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Celtic reportedly chose against a move for Middlesbrough's Paddy McNair.

Paddy McNair of Middlesbrough celebrates after scoring their only goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside Stadium,...

Celtic were linked with a whole host of players over the summer, but the situation with Middlesbrough ace Paddy McNair was one of the more interesting sagas.

Boss Neil Lennon confirmed to The Scottish Sun that he wanted to sign McNair, and the Northern Echo even claimed that Celtic were willing to meet the £5million asking price.

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However, Celtic abandoned their interest shortly afterwards, with The Scotsman claiming in July Lennon was worried after learning that McNair was a Rangers fan, with the Celtic boss deciding to avoid any sort of backlash from a move some may have viewed as controversial.

 

McNair had previously posted photos on Instagram of himself outside Ibrox, and that seemingly put Lennon off, though that idea is brought into question given that he later signed left back Greg Taylor, who also grew up supporting Rangers.

Lennon pursued other targets regardless, so how has McNair been faring at Middlesbrough since any potential move to Celtic was scrapped?

The 24-year-old has been playing a key midfield role under Jonathan Woodgate, and the Boro boss suggested to the Northern Echo last month that McNair has been their best player so far this season.

Paddy McNair Middlesbrough and Ben Pearson of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Preston North End at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on...

McNair has chipped in with two goals and two assists in all competitions this season, and his influence has been praised by Boro fans, especially in this post by Everything MFC.

Lennon maybe planned on playing McNair as a right back, meaning his output may not have been the same with Celtic, but he's at least turning in fine performances for Boro.

Whether Celtic return for McNair remains to be seen, especially having sealed that Taylor move, but his form will be hard for Lennon to ignore having confirmed he wanted him at Parkhead over the summer.

Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League group E match between Celtic FC and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on October 03, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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