Charlie Adam tips Celtic to sign Lyle Taylor

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Aged 30, Taylor clearly has his eyes on one final big contract in his career, so it's understandable to see why he's looking after his own personal interests.

"It's a hard one for us", the Charlton boss said.

Lyle has scored 11 league goals this season for Charlton, who are 22nd in the standings and two points off the safety zone.

"If your club contract is not up or expired - I would be absolutely livid if I was Lee Bowyer or any football manager or a fan if a player doesn't want to play".

"We played Charlton earlier in the season and I never knew who Lyle Taylor was".

Bowyer compared Taylor's influence at the relegation-threatened club to Troy Deeney's at Watford and expressed disappointment. "We would prefer maybe an extra week or two", Bowyer told Sky Sports News.

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Bowyer's task has been complicated further by Chris Solly and David Davis also asking not to be considered for selection. "Then we've got Davis, who is on loan from Birmingham, and he says he doesn't want to come back and play games".

Taylor joined the Addicks on a free transfer from AFC Wimbledon in July 2018 and scored 32 goals in 63 league appearances.

Taylor, who is out of contract at the end of next month, has informed Bowyer he does not wish to play for fear of getting injured and potentially threatening his chances of a "life-changing move".

"I've got a problem with that because when you sign a contract, no matter what it is, for any length of time or period, the first thing that any footballer should do when signing a contract is agree to honour that contract for that period of time". What disappoints me the most, and I've spoken to Lyle about it, [is that] he wants to play but he is so anxious about getting injured he is saying: 'I won't be the same player for you'. If it wasn't for Lyle, we wouldn't even be in this division.

"He's chose now not to come back and play to the end, so we have to move on because I've got a lot of players that are hungry".

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