SCOTTISH giants Celtic are weighing up a swoop for Newcastle United duo Conor Newton and Paul Dummett.
The Geordie pair have sprung to prominence north of the border after some fine displays on loan at St Mirren in the second half of the season.
And their form – which included helping the Buddies lift the Scottish Communities League Cup in March – has alerted SPL champions Celtic.
Newton and Dummett are not short on offers now. They are free agents in the summer but have been offered new contracts by Newcastle, while St Mirren were so impressed by their performances and attitude that they want to sign them on permanent deals.
Spencer Downey, who represents the pair, admits that they face a tough decision over their future.
He said: “They both made a massive impact up in Scotland.
“St Mirren are really keen to keep them, but there has been interest from other clubs, including Celtic.
“Celtic are one of those clubs who if you do well against them, they keep an eye on you. Conor did particularly well in midfield against Victor Wanyama and Joe Ledley.”
Newton scored in the 3-2 League Cup final win over Hearts at Hampden, while Dummett played 36 times for the Buddies, impressing at left-back.
“They haven’t ruled out St Mirren yet,” added Downey of the 22-year-olds, who finished the season back playing for Newcastle in last weekend’s Hong Kong Sevens tournament.
“St Mirren have shown their desire to both players.
“They’ve gone away on holiday now – they deserve a good rest after a long season.
“They came back from St Mirren and then went off to Hong Kong for the sevens tournament.
“I spoke to both Peter (Beardsley) and Willie (Donachie) when they were out there and they both said they could see an improvement in the lads after St Mirren.”