Celtic are preparing to make a double swoop in January for highly-rated St Mirren star Lewis Morgan and Dundee’s Jack Hendry, according to the Scottish Sun.

Both were believed to be present at Parkhead as the Glasgow side lost 1-0 to Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Scottish newspaper understands that Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is an admirer of Morgan, 21, and hope to beat Nottingham Forest to the midfielder’s signature by agreeing to loan him back to the Buddies for the rest of the campaign.

The Scotland under-21 international is out of contract at the end of the season and St Mirren appear resigned to losing their star player and seem willing to negotiate a price rather than let him walk away on a free transfer in the summer.

Morgan, a former Rangers youth player, has scored six goals in 15 appearances for the Buddies as they sit in second-place in the Scottish Championship and are just a point off leaders Dundee United.

Celtic will be keen to get a deal done sooner rather than later as Forest could potentially negotiate a pre-contract with the midfielder in the new year and sign the player for nothing at the end of the season.

Dundee defender Hendry is also on Rodgers’ January wishlist but the Bhoys face stiff competition from Premier League sides Southampton, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old was praised by the Celtic boss after impressing against his side when the two teams clashed in October.

Dundee are struggling financially and the sale of their star man could raise significant funds and help the Dee strengthen other areas as they battle against relegation from the Scottish Premiership.

The centre-back began his career at Partick Thistle before moving south in September 2015 to join Wigan Athletic but he failed to make the breakthrough at the DW Stadium and has spells out on loan at Shrewsbury Town and Milton Keynes Dons.

Hendry returned to Scotland in July by signing a two-year contract with Dundee and has scored once in 16 appearances for the Dens Park side.

Celtic are still in a European competition this season after qualifying for the Europa League knockout stages by finishing third in their respective Champions League group.

Domestically, the Bhoys are seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership after a 5-1 win over Motherwell and face Hibernian in their next game on Sunday.


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