Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou will no doubt be primarily concerned with ensuring that success continues in the short-term at Parkhead, although the 57-year-old may also have a keen desire to build a foundation for long-term glory, with the addition of promising, up-and-coming talents set to help towards that goal.
According to the Daily Record live blog (13 January, 17:30; via Video Celts), the Old Firm outfit could well have identified one such asset for the future in the form of Cliftonville sensation Sean Moore, with the Hoops said to have joined a number of Premier League clubs in the race for the teenager’s signature.
The 17-year-old – who is attracting particular interest from Newcastle United at present – has enjoyed a sparkling start to life at senior level, with the Northern Irish starlet having already scored three goals and provided two assists in 21 games in all competitions this season.
That is a rather impressive return for a player still in the infancy of his first-team career, with such form having even led to reports that the Republic of Ireland could look to tempt the Belfast native into switching his international allegiance.
The eye-catching winger is clearly a player who’s generating a lot of fuss at present, with former Cliftonville chairman Jim Boyce having only since fuelled the fire by notably comparing Moore to the late, great footballing icon that was George Best.
He stated of the 17-year-old: “Watching him reminds me of a young George Best who draws attention. This lad could prove to be another special talent, like players like George Best have, he has so much natural talent and potential.
“He is a confident player and shows little fear. He’s a great prospect and I’m excited to see how his career develops.
“He’s doing things I haven’t seen a 17-year-old do in many years. I have absolutely no doubt that the boy has cross-channel material and an international future.”
That glowing endorsement will likely have piqued the interest of those back in Glasgow, and it’s undoubtedly hefty praise for young Moore to have been compared to arguably one of the finest talents of his era.
Best was once lauded by another legendary former Manchester United team-mate in Bobby Charlton, who said: “At the time when [Best] first got in the team, no one had seen his like before: someone who was so small and tough, who would go into tackles, but also had the ability to turn people inside out and beat anyone he liked. George was as good as anyone you will see; he used to embarrass players time and time again.”
Best had emerged as something of a superstar both on and off the pitch after breaking through at Old Trafford as a teenager. He memorably announced himself on the world stage with his stunning double in the European Cup quarter-final clash with Benfica in 1966, before helping the Red Devils to finally secure the trophy two years later.
A truly mesmeric genius who could simply bamboozle the opposition with his innate speed and trickery, Best is a figure who is etched into both United and footballing folklore, having been described by Sir Alex Ferguson as “the greatest talent our football ever produced – easily.”
Being able to emulate such a “unique” figure – as described by Ferguson – may well prove a hard ask for the Cliftonville sensation, although such a comparison bodes well for the sparkling talent that Celtic could have on their hands if they can win the race for Moore in the coming months.