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Ledley set to leave Bhoys


Celtic's Joe Ledley. Picture credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Celtic's Joe Ledley. Picture credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Celtic's Joe Ledley. Picture credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

CELTIC'S Joe Ledley is apparently leaving the Glasgow giants in this transfer window after the Scottish champions reportedly accepted a bid from Crystal Palace.

The Wales midfielder, out of contract this summer, had declined to commit himself to a new deal. Wary of losing one of their top earners for nothing, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell is said to have accepted Palace's offer and the decision on what happens next lies with the player himself.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is bringing in a new striker, though, as Celtic are confident of completing the signing of Wolves' Leigh Griffiths.

The Scottish champions have submitted a third offer for Griffiths, 23, and hope to have the him in Glasgow for a medical later today.

Ledley became a Celtic player in July 2010, and has scored 31 goals in 242 starts, very much a key part of Lennon's outfit. Ledley moved to Glasgow under freedom of contract, following six years at hometown club Cardiff.

And he has helped Celtic win three league titles and last year's Scottish Cup.

Lennon is keen to keep him and fellow contract rebel Georgios Samaras, but would rather sell them now than get no fee for them in the summer.

Ledley was the man of the match in the midweek 4-0 win over Kilmarnock, extending their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 18 points and continue their unbeaten league season.

And goalkeeper Fraser Forster has now kept nine consecutive clean sheets and 11 in domestic competitions.


The club's captain Scott Brown has hailed his teammates' desire. He said: "It's a great achievement. Looking around our dressing room and seeing what it means to the players, it shows that we have so much to play for this season.

"It was a great result against Kilmarnock. The lads played well from start to finish and I think it was played at a good tempo as well. We were playing one and two-touch on the pitch and we looked really good.

"There was one chance for Kilmarnock at the back post but we can always rely on Fraser at times like that because he always produces the big saves at the big times.

"With this run of results and the added achievement of the clean sheets, I think this is one of the best Celtic teams in a long time, so hopefully we can keep going for as long as possible."