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Celtic: Leeds United set to sign teenage star Rory Mahady

Scottish champions Celtic look set to see promising goalkeeper Rory Mahady leave Parkhead this summer, with the 16-year-old seemingly on his way to Leeds United.

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According to Football Insider, the Yorkshire-based outfit have ‘agreed a deal’ to bring the teenager to Elland Road, with the young Scotsman said to have agreed personal terms ahead of his impending departure.

The report suggests that Jesse Marsch’s side have won the race for his signature ahead of Manchester City, with the ‘keeper set to sign on a scholarship deal with the Whites before securing a professional contract once he turns 17.

The piece goes on to add that the Hoops wanted to keep the promising talent in Glasgow, although he has been tempted into making the switch to the Premier League.

Hjelde repeat

It would not be the first time that Ange Postecoglou and co have seen a talented youth product poached by a club south of the border in recent times, with Norwegian defender Leo Hjelde having also traded the Old Firm outfit for Leeds last summer.

There is seemingly a growing trend concerning young prospects opting to move to England in their teenage years, with Celtic having also lost 16-year-old forward Ben Doak to Liverpool earlier this year

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Bitter rivals Rangers also saw striking sensation Rory Wilson link up with Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa, with Scottish Premiership clubs no doubt frustrated by continually seeing such exciting talents hoovered up by Premier League clubs.

Mahady looks set to be yet another to follow that well-trodden path, with the Scotland U17 international set to be a notable loss having been dubbed ‘one of the best young keepers in Britain’, as per the Daily Record.

At a club such as Celtic which is famed for its production of particularly local, Scottish talent – with the icon Lisbon Lions a testament to that youth system – it will be of great concern that the pathway between the academy and the first-team is being disrupted by rival interest.

With Brexit rules seeing those in the Premier League turn their attention towards the SPFL for the next wave of superstars, it appears that the case of the likes of Mahady and Hjelde is only set to become the norm as the years progress.