Premiership giants Celtic have been linked with a move to sign Wigan Athletic youngster Sean McGurk, amidst interest from some other clubs.
It seems as if Wigan youngster McGurk is attracting the interest of multiple clubs and one of these clubs happens to be Neil Lennon’s Celtic.
Celtic eye pre-contract move for McGurk
Journalist Alan Nixon has reported that Leeds United have made an offer for McGurk, who isn’t signing a new contract at Wigan this summer. His current deal at the Latics runs out the end of the current season and the club haven’t even offered him a new deal at this point. The journalist also pointed out that there is a chance that Celtic could come up with a pre-contract offer for the youngster.
Can McGurk replace Christie in the long-term?
The 17-year-old has already been praised by Latics’ U18s coach Peter Murphy, who said, back in 2020: “He’s been amazing. He had a slow start to his scholarship with an injury in the summer, but since he’s been fit, he’s got himself into the team and stayed there. He’s so effective in games, he sets things up, he scores goals and he’ll always do that because of his ability.”
The young attacking midfielder has made four appearances in the FA Youth Cup for Wigan Under-18s this season and has scored two goals. One of his goals came in a game against Manchester United, when he was playing on the right-wing (as per Transfermarkt).
While Nixon has pointed out to Celtic’s interest in the young attacking midfielder, Leeds-oriented journalist Phil Hay has also confirmed the Whites’ interest in the 17-year-old starlet.
McGurk for free could be a good move for Celtic
While McGurk is still pretty young, his tally for the Wigan Under-18s in the FA Youth Cup suggests that he does have quite a bit of potential to grow.
Ryan Christie’s contract at Parkhead runs out in the summer of 2022 and Tom Rogic was close to a move to an unnamed Qatar-based club as well. This suggests that the Hoops may need an attacking midfield option for the long-term and McGurk could well be that option.
In other news, Celtic have recently scouted a Bhoys fan – read more about it here.
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