Blackburn boss plays down Pedersen-Celtic link

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Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has played down speculation linking Morten Gamst Pedersen with Celtic.

Pedersen is reported to be interested in a move to the Scottish giants after falling out of favour at Ewood Park, but Allardyce insists nobody has been in contact with him about any of his players.

"I've had no enquiries for my players at this moment," Allardyce said. "Someone has whispered in my ear about the first bit of speculation, that Morten is going to Celtic. We're going to get the normal chip paper flying around in the next few weeks."

Pedersen was an unused substitute in Rovers' goalless draw at Hull on Saturday and has struggled for form this season.

The Norway midfielder's current deal with Blackburn runs out at the end of the season, but Allardyce said now was not the time for contract negotiations.

"We're not in a contract sort of mood at the moment - I'm certainly not," Allardyce said.

"Talking about contracts and talking about ins and outs at this stage of the season - we've got a massive December coming up and a massive January and the distractions that come our way can destroy what you do on the field of play.

"So I want to keep as far away from that as we possibly can and cover it when we are good and ready and consider it to be the right time."

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