Big Blow for Celtic as top target opts for fierce rival


Leeds United are still very much interested in prolific striker Jack Marriott, according to The Yorkshire Post, but will be challenged by a trio of clubs.

Celtic, Rangers and Nottingham Forest are all keeping a close watch on Marriott, while other reports suggest Derby County have also joined the race for his signature.

It is no surprise to see so many teams chasing after the 23-year-old after his impressive campaign at Peterborough United in League One.

Marriott found the net 33 times across all competitions last season and scooped the golden boot in the third division after signing from Luton Town last summer.

Posh already face a major battle to retain him with the five aforementioned teams reportedly joined by Premier League side Crystal Palace in pursuit of Marriott.

But Peterborough are not prepared to let their star man go on the cheap and will demand £6.5 for his signature.

The former Ipswich Town schoolboy is still expected to depart ABAX Stadium, though, with several clubs monitoring his transfer situation.

Leeds are hoping to acquire a new striker after fruitlessly trying to replace Chris Wood last summer and they have also been linked with Marvin Ducksch, Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra.

Leeds will need to act fast to take Marriott off the market but it looks like they are only holding him as a back-up choice.

With 33 goals to his name last season, Marriott could well replicate that form in the Championship and the fact that he is still young shows that he can only get better.