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Doyle so close to Celtic transfer

KEVIN DOYLE will take out his frustration on Poland this week after missing out on a Champions League clash with Juventus in the Celtic colours.

Wolves striker Doyle was wanted by Celtic just before the close of the transfer deadline last week but even though the Wexford man thought the move was about to go through, which would have teed up a dream meeting with Juve next Tuesday, the deal collapsed.

"I thought the move was going ahead the day before the window closed. I knew they wanted a deal but there was a crossing of wires somewhere," Doyle told the Herald ahead of the Poland game, where he's likely to win his 54th cap.

"I think it would have been a brilliant opportunity for four or five months, to go on loan to a team who are in the knock-out stages of the Champions League and on top of their domestic league.

"I have to say that playing against Juve in the Champions League was one of the attractions of going there.

"This week it's nice to get away with the international team, it always has been whether your club side are doing well or not," added Doyle, who admits he's excited by the influx of new faces like Conor Sammon and Jeff Hendrick.

Doyle says: "It's always nice to have new faces to freshen things up, whether that's at club level or international level."