Celtic are the latest club to be linked with a move to sign Lee Buchanan from Derby, following interest from Nottingham Forest in the summer.

The Rams defender has been watched by Celtic in recent weeks ahead of the January transfer window.

Given that the East Midlands-based outfit are in administration, they could be forced into a sale or two when the January sales start.

Buchanan proved too expensive for the Reds in the summer. Derby stood firm and the Mansfield-born player remained at Pride Park.

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The defender has started eight times for Derby this season. He has started the last four matches which have all ended in draws for the Rams.

Prospective new owners have emerged in the coming days but right now things are still up in the air.

That still makes for an uncertain time of things for Derby and sales in January can’t be discounted at this stage.

Forest may have to move quickly to sign Buchanan. Celtic scout Mick Doherty was sent to watch the youngster last week, with the Hoops now keen.

At this stage, it’s unclear what Derby value the player at. Given that he’s risen through the academy, however, they’ll want the very best deal for their player.

Will Forest return for Buchanan?

Given that Max Lowe has been bang in form, the need for a left-sided defender perhaps isn’t as urgent as it was previously.

Gaetan Bong is the backup option, however, and that does provide some cause for concern for Forest if an injury arises.

Celtic interest won’t help Forest. The Hoops will have European competition to entice Buchanan and that could be a massive pull.

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Steve Cooper will likely have some ideas up his sleeve regarding who he wants to sign.

Buchanan does fit the profile of a player that Cooper could get the best out of and it remains to be seen whether Forest return with another bid.

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