Celtic are still searching for a permanent manager but they are keen not to lose ground in the transfer market after reportedly holding talks with Republic of Ireland midfielder Steven Reid.

Reid is coming to the end of his Blackburn contract and is available on a free transfer after being loaned to QPR and West Brom last season.

Neil Lennon remains in charge of Celtic team affairs and flew out to Germany with members of the first-team squad this morning for tonight's friendly against St Pauli.

And Lennon's apparent recommendation of Reid to the Celtic board indicates he remains involved in planning for next season.

Celtic face competition from West Brom though after the 29-year-old helped the Baggies seal promotion following his arrival on loan in March.

Former Millwall player Reid said last week: ‘There has been no contract offer at the moment from West Brom, but we have had initial talks.

‘I will try to get away next week to have a holiday and then see what we can sort out.’

Reid's arrival would add competition to the right midfield spot that Niall McGinn hopes to make his own next season.

McGinn will miss the start of pre-season training after breaking a metatarsal bone in his right foot.

The Northern Ireland international, 22, is set to be out for two months after picking up the injury yesterday near the end of the last training session of the season.

McGinn missed the trip to Germany for tonight's friendly against St Pauli in Hamburg and will still be recuperating when the rest of the Hoops' players report back for duty at the beginning of July.

‘It's my fifth metatarsal,’ the former Derry City player told Press Association Sport. ‘I will see a specialist on Thursday to see if I need a cast or an operation, or both.

‘It's a big blow. It happened during a small game near the end of the session.

‘It was going well until I went over on my foot when I went to hit a shot.

‘I knew right away that I had done something wrong and the pain on the outside of my foot got worse.

‘I couldn't go to Germany which was disappointing.

‘The physio said that it looks like a clean break and will heal well, which is encouraging.

‘But I will miss the start of pre-season training and will have to play catch-up.

‘I just hope my natural fitness can help me get me back as quickly as possible.

‘The only positive thing is that I never picked up the injury during the season.

‘I'm just sitting in the flat resting up, I can't walk or drive.

‘I was meant to go on holiday on Saturday but I'm not sure what will happen now.’

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