Since becoming the new manager of Celtic, Ange Postecoglou has come very near to covering every single base possible in the transfer market.
He has strengthened at right-back and in goal while bolstering the Hoops’ options in offensive areas.
Key to the Australian’s method this summer is signing younger players in order to lower the average age of the squad.
He has done so by securing the services of players like Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide but there are other young talents who could be lured to Parkhead.
A deal for Liam Scales appears to be reaching a conclusion as he aims to switch Shamrock Rovers for Glasgow.
However, he isn’t the only young defender who could walk through the door. According to the Scottish Sun, Celtic are one of a number of clubs monitoring Dundee United’s Kerr Smith.
The 16-year-old has caught the eye of Crystal Palace, Leeds and Leicester as well.
Cast your minds back to the spring of 2016 and you may remember a slender Norwegian walking through the door on a free transfer.
That happened to be a certain Kristoffer Ajer who penned terms with Celtic after arriving at the age of just 17.
When he first signed for the club he was a midfielder, but Brendan Rodgers helped turn him into a centre-half, a decision that ultimately made the Bhoys £17.5m.
Brentford paid that much to lure him to the Premier League this summer as another of their star players headed south of the border.
Yet, by securing the services of Smith, they could find his future replacement.
A year younger than Ajer when he first joined, the Dundee United defender is another player who’s actually made the transition from central midfield.
Speaking about him in February 2021, the club’s academy chief Andy Goldie said: “Kerr’s not the only one who had interest from down south, he rightly grabbed the headlines, but there were other ones like Lewis.
“They’ve both made the transition from central midfielder to centre-back and that’s coincided with a sharp acceleration in their development and, therefore, in the interest they were gathering with some of the biggest clubs across Europe.”
For a player of his age, Smith has already gained important experience at first-team level. The teenager has featured on seven occasions for the senior team at Tannadice and he’s caught the eye of his teammates too.
Speaking in April, fellow defender Mark Connolly commented: “Kerr, who played beside me, was fantastic. He’s 16 years of age and it’s incredible.”
For too long, Celtic haven’t prioritised the progression of academy players at Parkhead.
However, with a B team now playing in the Lowland League and a plethora of young footballers being snapped up, there is a clear change in their vision.