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Celtic can find their perfect Matt O’Riley heir in Bruno Davidson

Scottish champions Celtic are currently marching on in the defence of their league title, having now won eight of their opening nine top-flight games following Saturday’s dramatic victory over St Johnstone.

A key figure in this continued period of dominance for Ange Postecoglou’s side has been playmaker Matt O’Riley, with the 21-year-old having made a stunning start to life in Glasgow following his £1.5m move from MK Dons in January.

The Denmark U21 international has gone on to score four goals and lay on seven assists in just 32 games in all competitions since then, notably providing five assists in just nine Scottish Premiership appearances so far this term.

The midfield “magician” – as dubbed by football talent scout Jacek Kulig – has caught the eye as a result of his “silky” and “classy” displays in the centre of the park, in the words of pundit Michael Stewart, with such performances having unsurprisingly sparked attention from afar.

Reports over the summer had suggested that a host of Europe’s top clubs were keeping tabs on the London-born starlet – who is said to be valued at around £20m – with Manchester United notably named as one club monitoring his progress.

While the one-time Fulham youth star ultimately stayed put at Parkhead beyond deadline day, there has again been speculation regarding his future with the Bhoys, with Crystal Palace believed to be eyeing a ‘big-money move’ for the youngster.

With a departure potentially on the cards, Postecoglou may well be looking for a potential successor to the 6 foot 2 machine moving forwards, with one possible heir having presented itself in the form of young Bruno Davidson.

The 18-year-old sensation has dazzled for the club’s ‘B’ team of late, having scored three goals and laid on five assists so far this term, with the Hoops reportedly looking to secure a new deal for the teenager in the coming weeks.

The Singapore-born gem has featured for Scotland at youth level, although is currently attracting interest from Canada as he is also eligible to play for the country, with journalist Joshua Kloke suggesting that the emerging prospect has been “causing some buzz” in North America in recent times.

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While typically a winger, the dynamic asset can also operate in an attacking midfield role, making him a potentially ideal fit to slot into the creative berth currently occupied by O’Riley, should the latter man depart any time soon.

Although a chance at the first-team level has thus far been out of reach for young Davidson, his form in the youth ranks has seemingly illustrated his undoubted talent, with Postecoglou potentially better served promoting the highly-rated asset rather than scouring the market for a new addition.

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