Celtic are understood to be unhappy with the reported interest from an English Premier League club in one of their highly-rated young prospects.
Football Insider reported that Leicester, who are managed by ex-Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers, have a strong interest in Tsoanelo Letsosa and have been keeping close tabs on him since his standout performances for Scotland in the Victory Shield last November.
However, according to Football Insider, Celtic are reportedly disgruntled over the Foxes’ attempts to lure the 16-year-old midfielder south of the border, with the outlet claiming that relations between the clubs had been soured by the abrupt manner of Rodgers’ exit from Parkhead just under a year ago.
As noted by Football Insider, Letsosa played a starring role for Scotland as they were crowned joint-winners in the most recent Victory Shield, being named man of the match in the final. The same outlet added that the teenager, who came to Celtic in 2017, is a very well-rounded sportsperson who has broken numerous records in underage athletics in Glasgow and boasts “eye-catching speed and athleticism”.
According to Football Insider, former Hoops defender Kolo Toure alerted Rodgers to the qualities possessed by the 16-year-old and advised his boss to try and lure the youngster from Glasgow to the English Premier League outfit, a move that both Rodgers and Toure made last year.
This would not be the first time that a club from one of Europe’s top leagues has targeted bright young prospects at Celtic. Six months ago, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich signed 16-year-old defender Liam Morrison from the Hoops and the teenager has gone on to play regularly for the German club’s under-17 side, scoring twice in 14 league appearances.
Having already seen Morrison enticed out the door, it’s unsurprising that Celtic are keen not to allow Letsosa follow suit, especially given the scale of his potential and the reportedly frosty relations with Leicester.
The emerging pattern of foreign interest in teenage prospects at Parkhead has also seen the likes of Karamoko Dembele being targeted by Chelsea (as per 90min.com), with the 16-year-old already making three senior appearances for the Hoops, and it’s a trend that ought to cause alarm for Celtic as they try to avoid others from following Morrison out of the club and making waves elsewhere.
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