Scottish giants Celtic are gunning for a historic tenth title in a row this season and they have every chance of doing so as Neil Lennon’s side remain unbeaten in the league so far.
But a serious lack of foresight could come back to hurt them later down the line.
Rewind to the summer of 2019, the Hoops made some solid deals in the transfer market – loan moves for Moi Elyounoussi and Fraser Forster from Southampton were regarded as quite the coup for the club whilst Christopher Jullien, Greg Taylor and Jeremie Frimpong have all cemented their names as first-team regulars now.
However, there was a disappointing departure amongst the Parkhead academy ranks as Liam Morrison rejected a deal to join Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, which has since turned out to be a grave mistake.
The 17-year-old had his sights set on a move to Germany as soon as Bayern entered the equation but the likes of Peter Lawwell and the youth setup should have done so much more to tie him down long-term.
This week, The Guardian named him among the top 60 ‘best young talents in world football’ sitting alongside the next Erling Haaland and the best Portuguese prospect since Cristiano Ronaldo.
They relay comments from Scotland youth coach Brian McLaughlin, who said: “He has all the potential to be a Champions League centre-back. I believe their academy people have likened him to a young Mats Hummels and I think it is a good comparison. You have a centre-back who is equally comfortable playing on the right or the left and has the ability to beat a man if he has to.”
Again, this comparison is made by Bundesliga.com, claiming the teenager is “the very definition of a modern centre-back, combining sentry-like qualities with cultured build-up play.”
And he’s already been impressing Bayern’s academy manager Jochen Sauer, who added: “He’s a robust and physical defender with a lot of quality.”
Given the dubious future of Kristoffer Ajer at Celtic Park and the fact that Shane Duffy is only signed on a season-long loan, the Bhoys could well live to regret their feeble attempts to keep a generational Scottish prospect at the club.
Lawwell and co only have themselves to blame.
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