Liverpool are set to pip Celtic to the signing of Preston defender Ben Davies.

Neil Lennon's Hoops have been locked in talks with the full-back but Herald and Times Sport understand that Jurgen Klopp's side are now in pole position to gain Davies' signature.

It is understood that Liverpool have paid a fee for Davies' services and a deal is expected to be completed before tomorrow's transfer deadline.

Davies had been on Celtic's radar for some time and with his current contract set to run out in less than six months, the player has been free to talk to other clubs about a move.

The 25-year-old - who can play at centre-back and left-back - came through the youth system at Preston and had loan spells at York City, Tranmere Rovers, Southport, Newport County and Fleetwood Town before breaking into the Championship side.

Meanwhile, Celtic assistant John Kennedy has moved among the bookies favourites to become the next Hoops boss if Neil Lennon was to be sacked.

Lennon is under increased pressure with the Hoops failing to find a consistent run of form in the Scottish Premiership.

In the bookies market Celts No2 Kennedy is now priced at 3/1 with Sky Bet and is second favourite only behind Rafa Benitez.