Celtic supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern for much of the current season after seeing their side extend their unbeaten domestic run to a record-breaking 63 matches, as well as give themselves a chance of playing European football after Christmas.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went unbeaten domestically last season to win the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup, and Scottish League Cup, and they’ve made a fine start to this one as well having won nine and drawn the other three of their 12 league matches, as well as reaching the final of the League Cup. Add in three points from their three Champions League group stage games, and things are certainly looking up at Celtic Park as Rodgers’ side seek to continue improving in the second half of the campaign.
Thus, our resident Bhoys fans have been expressing their delight in the Tavern in recent weeks, and they may be about to receive further encouragement if a recent report from The Belfast Telegraph (via The Leicester Mercury) is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that Celtic are set to rival Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City for Glenavon midfielder Mark Sykes.
The 20-year-old has scored six goals and laid on three assists for the Northern Ireland outfit since making his senior debut back in 2014, three goals and three assists of which have come this time round in their run to second place in the NIHL Premiership table.
And it appears that Sykes’ fine form for Glenavon has attracted interest from other clubs in the United Kingdom, with Blackburn, Leicester, and Rodgers’ Celtic reportedly keeping tabs on the 20-year-old’s progress.
But whether the Scottish giants can tempt him north of the border very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Brendan Rodgers has never been afraid to give young players a chance throughout his managerial career, which is something which may stand them in good stead in pursuit of Glenavon’s Mark Sykes.
The 20-year-old has impressed for the NIHL Premiership club in recent years and has made a fine start to the current season with three goals and three assists in just 11 league appearances, which has unsurprisingly attracted interest from other clubs in the UK, namely Blackburn, Leicester, and of course Celtic.
But Rodgers’ history of developing young players and giving them a platform from which to perform could give the Bhoys a slight edge in the chase should they seek to firm up their interest.
Celtic fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!