Celtic are set to reignite their interested in Bolton Wanderers youngster Ronan Darcy, but may face competition for his signature, according to Football Insider.
They say the club wanted to bring the 18-year-old to Celtic Park in the summer, but he chose to stay with the League One club after guaranteed time in the first team.
The report cites a Celtic source who said the Hoops haven’t given up on the Englishman and are monitoring his situation.
It also mentions that the advantage of not having to pay a compensation fee to sign him because of cross-border rules increases their interest, as it may have also done with rivals Rangers.
The same site claimed Steven Gerrard’s side is also interested in taking the teen to Scotland as they continue their search for the best young players in England’s top three divisions.
Football Insider believes Celtic were first to be interested after they were impressed by Darcy’s performances in the U18s FA Youth Cup last season before he was handed his first-team debut on the final day of last season.
It could be just the right time for Celtic to come in and take Darcy back to Scotland, considering the tough time he’s having at newly rejuvenated Bolton this season.
He scored his first senior goal in a 5-2 loss against Rochdale which saw them knocked out of the League Cup in mid-August, however, he’s struggled for starts in recent weeks.
Wanderers signed nine players on deadline day last month, so his chances of playing may continue to be limited, and that’s where Celtic and Rangers can step in.
His 376 minutes in League One this season will have given him the experience of playing at senior level needed to not be too overwhelmed at Celtic Park, so this seems it could be the right move at the right time for him.
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