Neil Lennon decided to strengthen Celtic’s left-hand side by signing Diego Laxalt on loan from AC Milan last summer.

The 28-year-old primarily operates as a left-back, but can also be deployed higher up the pitch.

Laxalt lost his place in Lennon’s final month at Celtic, but has regained it under interim manager John Kennedy. Earlier reports indicated the Hoops have ‘opened talks’ with the Serie A side to retain the Uruguay international.

According to Milan Live, the former Genoa man’s performances has ‘not displeased’ Celtic and their will to make his stay permanent has been leaked out several times in recent months.

Milan are ready to sacrifice the fullback as they plan to use him as a ‘pawn’ in exchange for Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard.

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It’s stated the striker is valued at €20m by Celtic, which seems low, and Milan hope to lower the price further by including the South American as part of the operation.

It’s claimed Laxalt is enjoying his time in Scotland and ‘would appreciate a stay’ at Celtic beyond this season.

‘Much will depend’ on Lennon’s successor. Celtic are yet to appoint their new permanent manager and the incoming coach will have a say on the possibility of Laxalt extending his stay at the club.