£2m Robson price tag wards off Celtic


Last updated at 09:00 03 January 2008

Celtic are poised to widen their search for midfield reinforcements after dismissing Dundee United's valuation of Barry Robson - despite the Scotland midfielder grabbing a hat-trick in yesterday's clash with Hearts.

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Sportsmail understands that the Parkhead club have cooled their interest in the United skipper after being informed of the need for a hefty £2million transfer fee.

As it was, Robson hugely impressed the watching Cardiff City duo of manager Dave Jones and chairman Peter Ridsdale yesterday, as he celebrated his treble - two from the penalty spot - in the Tannadice side's 4-1 victory over the beleaguered Tynecastle club.

The SPL champions, however, have baulked at a valuation far in advance of what they were willing to pay.

As for Robson himself, he said after yesterday's personal triumph: "I'm enjoying my time at Dundee United and I'm just looking to play well and score goals.

"Everybody wants to play at the highest level they can - so we'll wait and see what happens - but it's a great football club here and they have been very good to me."