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Balde set for talks with Celts

AMIDO BALDE arrived in Glasgow yesterday ahead of talks over a proposed move to Celtic.

The 22-year-old Vitoria Guimaraes striker fought through a media scrum at the airport before stopping to pose for pictures wearing and kissing a Celtic scarf (above).

Agent Tommy Langley, who is working alongside the former Portugal U-20 player's agent and uncle, Catio Balde, claimed there are other clubs interested in 6ft 4in Balde, but he ruled out Crystal Palace.

Balde would be Neil Lennon's first summer signing with the fee reported as £2m.

"He is going to speak to Celtic and see where we go," said Langley. "He is very keen. You can see he has a scarf round his neck and he is a happy boy.

"Crystal Palace is a non-runner – never was a runner.

"There were quite a few other clubs in the frame, but we are here at the moment and let's see how this goes."


Shiels leaves Kilmarnock

Kenny Shiels has left Kilmarnock with immediate effect by mutual consent, the Scottish Premier League club have confirmed.

The departure of the 57-year-old Northern Irishman comes as no surprise following days of speculation about his future.

Killie finished ninth in the Scottish Premier League but a four-match ban handed to Shiels last week after outspoken media comments – two of which were suspended – was also taken into consideration by the club.

Shiels landed himself in trouble after claiming Celtic were "the monster of Scottish football" following a spat with Neil Lennon, after the Celtic boss bemoaned the fact none of his players had been nominated for the PFA Scotland player of the year award.

Shiels then gave an interview in April in which he said of Celtic: "They have got a massive influence in the judicial panel and things like that, decisions that's made. Celtic are the monster of Scottish football."