The recent trend for Celtic has been for young talent to depart Parkhead, although the latest indication is that the Scottish champions could be in line to poach a teenage sensation of their own in the near future.
Having seen the likes of Ben Doak and Leo Hjelde leave Glasgow in the last 12 months – with goalkeeper Rory Mahady potentially set to join them – the Old Firm outfit are now hoping to re-fill the talent pool with the addition of Queen’s Park defender, Cameron Bruce.
According to the Scottish Sun, the Hoops – and bitter rivals Rangers – have seen bids rejected by the Scottish Championship outfit for the promising full-back, with the 16-year-old also believed to be courting interest from clubs in the Premier League.
The report suggests that the Spiders have no real desire to sell the emerging talent having only handed him a two-year professional contract back in May, as Owen Coyle’s side look to hang on to a player who is described as ‘one of the most wanted prospects in the country’.
Born in Glasgow, the Scotland youth international has been with his current side since Under-9 level, subsequently rising up through the youth ranks to make his first-team debut in March, before making his first league start a week later.
While he is yet to make it off the bench in the early weeks of the new season, the indication is that he has a bright future ahead of him, having been lauded by Queen’s Park director of football Marijn Breuker after penning his recent deal: “Cameron is a modern wing back, who possesses a lot of technical skills and game intelligence that not only make him a graceful player, but above all with which he has the potential to grow into an excellent wing-back.”
A left-back by trade, the hope for those back at Celtic will be that they could have their next Kieran Tierney on their hands if Bruce is snapped up, with the current Arsenal man having sparkled for the Scottish Premiership side after emerging from the academy.
The impressive Scotsman racked up 170 appearances during his time at his former club, scoring eight goals and providing an impressive haul of 37 assists after solidifying himself as a key figure in the Hoops’ backline.
The 32-cap sensation notably won five league titles during his time at Celtic Park and was part of the side that enjoyed a remarkable unbeaten domestic campaign under Brendan Rodgers during the 2016/17 season.
The current Leicester City boss previously lauded Tierney for his “unique” talent as well as highlighting his incredible “intensity”, with the defender offering a real relentless and aggressive presence from his left-sided berth.
While he has since moved on to the Gunners in what was a club-record sale of around £25m back in 2019, the 5 foot 10 machine still seemingly has much admiration for his former club, with Ange Postecoglou no doubt wishing he had him in his current ranks.
Although it may require patience, the title-winning coach could well eventually have his next Tierney on his hands if the champions are to win the race for Bruce.