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Celtic: Brendan Rodgers reveals he wanted Ademola Lookman at Parkhead

Celtic: Brendan Rodgers reveals he wanted Ademola Lookman at Parkhead -Celtic

Leicester City manager and former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he wanted to bring Ademola Lookman to Celtic Park during his time with the Hoops.

The Lowdown: Lookman’s Leicester move

Lookman, on £56,000-a-week with parent club RB Leipzig, sealed a late loan move to Leicester City on deadline day.

The Foxes have the option to buy the 23-year-old who Scott Parker described as ‘first class’, at the end of the season.

The winger began his career at Charlton Athletic, and it appears as if he was actually a Celtic target during his time at The Valley.

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The Latest: Rodgers’ comments

Rodgers was talking at a press conference on Thursday, cited by Leicester Mercury.

When talking about Lookman, Rodgers confirmed he’s known about Lookman since he was just 15 years of age and admitted he wanted to bring the ‘top talent’ to Scotland.

“I’m really excited about working with Ade. He’s a top talent. I wanted to take him to Celtic when he was at Charlton. I was aware of him when he was 15. He has all the tools, he has a great dribbling ability, how he views the game, he has an eye for a goal. My hope is that this environment will give him a chance to flourish. Hopefully he can find a home here. I have no doubt the supporters will be excited by him.”

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The Verdict: If only…

Lookman can play anywhere across the front three and has already racked up over 150 senior appearances, one of which came in the Champions League.

On that basis, you’d expect a versatile winger with Premier League and Bundesliga experience would have gone on to star in Glasgow if Celtic and Rodgers lured him to the club as a teenager.

However, it’s good to see that the Hoops are looking to build for the future themselves with the signings of youngsters Liel Abada, Liam Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide, Joey Dawson and Ciaran Dickson this summer.

In other news: McKay’s ‘top’ under-the-radar Celtic signing has already made an ‘impact’ at Lennoxtown. 

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