Celtic look set to secure the signing of Daniel Kelly on a professional contract.
That’s according to a report by Football Scotland, who claimed that, despite huge interest from Premier League club Arsenal, the 16-year-old now looks as if he will put pen to paper on professional terms with Ange Postecoglou’s side, all but ending the speculation regarding the midfielder’s immediate future.
The report added that the Gunners have watched the Celtic starlet in action several times this season and had even made an approach to the youngster regarding a potential switch to north London at the end of the current campaign.
In recent years, Celtic have made something of a habit of losing their promising youth prospects to English clubs for little to no transfer fee. Therefore, the news that the Bhoys look as if they have convinced Kelly to remain in Glasgow rather than making a move down south is sure to have left the Parkhead faithful buzzing.
Indeed, Manchester City signed highly-rated Celtic midfielder Josh Adam on a free transfer in the summer of 2020, Blackburn Rovers snapped up centre-forward Connor McBride for nothing the same year and promising centre-back Liam Morrison joined Bayern Munich on a free in the summer of 2019.
However, it would now appear as if this sequence has been broken. Despite the reported interest from Arsenal, as well as a numerous other big clubs in England, Kelly looks as if he will continue his development into professional football at Lennoxtown – an outcome which is undoubtedly fantastic news for everyone involved with the Premiership table-toppers.