Celtic join Miller race
By Alex Dunn. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
New Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has reportedly joined the race to land sought-after Ipswich midfielder Tommy Miller.
The talented 26-year-old is out of contract at Portman Road and having found the net 15 times this term, is a prospect being considered by several clubs both north and south of the border.
Miller has intimated that he is keen to consider what Ipswich have to offer before commencing discussions elsewhere, but the emergence of Celtic as potential suitors could cloud the waters.
Sunderland were thought to be leading the chase for the free-scoring midfielder's signature but the lure of European football at Celtic could prove too much to resist.
Leeds are also known admirers but it remains to be seen whether Miller will ink a new deal at Portman Road or seek pastures new this summer.
Meanwhile, Kevin Phillips is the latest name to be linked with a move to Celtic - with Southampton team-mate Antti Niemi also thought to be on Strachan's wish-list.
Strachan worked with the pair at St Mary's during his own spell on the South Coast and a joint bid could be lodged in the not too distant future - to test Southampton's desire to keep the duo.
Meanwhile, influential stopper Bobo Balde will have clear-the-air-talks with Strachan according to his agent, Michael Oliver.
The dominanting 29-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Bayern Munich but Oliver insists he will be reporting for pre-season training.
''Bobo is in Africa on international duty but would like to see the new manager as soon as possible.
''I see no reason why he will not be reporting back for pre-season training at the start of July.''
The Glasgow giants have also revealed that plans are in place to build new training facilities at their current Barrowfield site in Glasgow.