Celtic were a frantic ball of fun in the transfer window last summer as Ange Postecoglou’s first window in charge saw no fewer than 12 players walk through the entrance.
Some of those names have already forged themselves as fan favourites with the likes of Jota and Cameron Carter-Vickers being eyed for permanent moves following their loan spells with the Hoops.
Another player linked with a switch to Parkhead is Schalke youngster Rabbi Matondo.
Postecoglou has already shown he’s keen on signing the stars of tomorrow, namely the likes of Liel Abada and Matt O’Riley, but Matondo would be one of his most exciting deals yet.
It’s thought the Bhoys are in talks over a move for the Schalke youngster who spent last season on loan in Belgium with Cercle Brugge.
It was a phenomenal campaign for Matondo and if he arrives in Glasgow, Celtic would have an exceptional talent on their hands.
The Welshman could even be the club’s very own Jadon Sancho. For starters, they follow a very similar career path.
Sancho started out at Manchester City before making the bold move to the Bundesliga where he became a star at Borussia Dortmund. What has followed are regular England caps and a mega-money £73m switch to Manchester United.
Fortunately, a deal won’t cost Celtic that much for Matondo but considering he’s also gone from City’s youth academy to the Bundesliga, it’s easy to see where the comparison lies.
That said, there are more similarities than just their respective careers so far. Once hailed by Ryan Giggs for his “electrifying” pace, that is just one attribute that the two young prodigies have in common.
When it comes to chance creation and take-ons, they both rank pretty similarly. In the Premier League this term, Sancho amassed 1.4 key passes and 1.6 successful dribbles per game whereas Matondo registered 0.9 key passes and 1.7 dribbles a match in the Jupiler Pro League.
Of course, we’re not saying for one moment that the Welsh sensation is better than Sancho. The England international’s talents are mind-blowing and his transfer valuation sums that up nicely.
Yet, they do both possess a tricky nature in the final third, something that will no doubt scare Scottish Premiership defences if the Schalke forward makes the move this summer.