CITIZENS THE FRONTRUNNER TO BECOME CELTICS' BANKER
The Celtics "are likely to move their business to Citizens Financial Group," sources familiar with the talks tell Charles Stein of the BOSTON GLOBE. The team is "on the verge of severing their relationship" with Fleet Financial Group. Yesterday BankBoston "dropped out of the race" for the team's account. BankBoston Exec VP Ira Jackson: "We looked hard at the numbers and simply couldn't make them work" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/19).