Preston North End manager Alex Neil has said he’s “not in control” of Ben Davies’ future amid reported interest from Celtic in his defender, speaking to the Lancashire Post.

The centre-back is in the final six months of his contract at Deepdale, meaning he’s free to speak to clubs outside England regarding a move at the end of the season.

However, Sky Sports reports Celtic manager Neil Lennon is eager to bring Davies to Glasgow this month, if the clubs can agree personal terms.

Neil said he was “in the dark” regarding the situation but he expected the 25-year-old to see out his contract at the Championship club.

Neil: ‘Not in control’

Neil said: “As far as I’m aware, from the discussions I’ve had before with Ben, he has so far committed to being here to at least the end of the season.

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“That has been the discussion I’ve had to this point. Naturally that is subject to change but I’ve not been made aware of any change.


“I’m not in control of this situation so it is a hard question for me to answer. I could say, ‘Yes, he will be here until the end of the season’ and then he leaves tonight and I look silly.”

Celtic have ‘made approach’

Celtic have reportedly emailed Preston with their intent to speak to Davies regarding a deal.

However, Neil reiterated the player remained committed to helping Preston for the time being.

He said: “I haven’t really heard anything (about Celtic) apart from what was in the paper.

“Ben hasn’t said a word to me about it. He has been good all the way through. This has only just appeared.”

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