Celtic are reportedly interested in Fleetwood Town defender Josh Feeney, according to the Daily Mail.
The Lowdown: Feeney fits Celtic’s transfer strategy
Feeney, who only turned 16 on Thursday, is wanted by both England and Scotland at under-16 international level. He has been on the bench in three recent first team games under Simon Grayson and appears to fit one of two Hoops transfer strategies.
The Athletic revealed back in January that Celtic are looking at ‘young-ish, UK-based prospects with high upside potential who are available either on a pre-contract, or for a nominal fee’.
Feeney appears to fit that mould, and the Hoops may hold the advantage over English suitors due to cross-border compensation fee rules.
The Latest: Hoops not the only side interested
As mentioned, a number of English clubs are also keen on the teenager. The likes of Aston Villa, Leeds United, Leicester City and Wolves have all contacted Fleetwood in recent months regarding Feeney.
Therefore, if the Hoops wish to get a deal over the line for the young talent, they may have to act fast.
The Verdict: Could work out with club’s Lowland League plans
Celtic and Glasgow rivals Rangers are thought to be in discussions for their respective Colts teams to join the Lowland Leagues, which in our view could help the Hoops in their pursuit of Feeney.
Should a deal be reached where Celtic’s Colts side can play in the Lowland Leagues, that would give the Hoops the opportunity to lure Feeney to Parkhead with the appeal of senior game-time.
That could help his development, along with several other Celtic youngsters, which could then have a positive impact on the first team in the long run.
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