Celtic striker John Hartson’s agent today denied reports that Fulham were about to bid for the Celtic striker.

The Premiership side were reported to be ready to pitch in with a £4m bid for the Welshman.

But Jonathan Barnett, who has handled most of the £21m-worth of transfers in Hartson’s 11-year career, described the English reports as “complete rubbish”.

He insisted Hartson wants to talk to Celtic about a new deal to keep him at Parkhead beyond the 18 months he still has to run.

And he made it clear the sooner the club invite them to sit down and discuss a contract extension, the happier Hartson will be.
Barnett said: “This is complete rubbish. There have been no talks with Fulham.

“Their manager, Chris Coleman, knows John from their days together with Wales, but that is possibly the last time they spoke.”

Hartson has made it clear he has been happy living and playing in Glasgow since signing from Coventry for £6m in August 2001 and Barnett has urged the club to make the big striker a new contract offer. Fulham had been linked with a potential move for the striker as former Celtic officials Jim Hone and Ian McLeod are now part of the London side’s hierarchy.