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Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, John Hartson has suggested he would love Celtic to sign Manchester City starlet Phil Foden on loan.
The 19-year-old has struggled to break-through into the Manchester City first-team, and is behind the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and David Silva, amongst others, in the pecking order.
After seeing the likes of Dedryck Boyata, Patrick Roberts and Olivier Ntcham shine after swapping the Etihad Stadium for Celtic Park, Hartson has suggested Foden is another City player who could impress at Paradise.
He said: “Listen, I would pay Guardiola myself to get Foden on loan at Celtic. What a coup that would be for Celtic! Roberts was fantastic in his first year and it didn’t quite work out in the second year.
“But Foden would be fantastic for the fans to watch. He’s one of the best young players out their right now. I listened to Guardiola’s comments at the start of the season and he said that he will give Foden much more game time this season.
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“But you look at that midfield and it’s difficult for him. Even the fact he’s in the mix and to be in and out of that side is an achievement.”
Two sides that have dominated their respective domestic leagues, Celtic and Manchester City, certainly share traits in common: the supporters expect to see silverware rain down year after year and they tend to begin the season as strong favourites to lift the league title.
With that in mind, Celtic Park could be considered as an ideal destination for a future City star to grow accustomed to the demands and expectations of an elite football club.
And, after seeing Ntcham and Roberts shine after making the move to Scotland, it is easy to understand why Hartson would welcome a loan move for Foden too. The England U21 international would surely get regular first-team football under Neil Lennon, and perhaps just as importantly, would be playing in another high-pressure environment.
City may be competing for the Premier League and Champions League year-in and year-out, but Celtic also have the burden of being expected to completely walk the Scottish Premiership.
The Bhoys could well be the perfect, tried-and-trusted move for Foden for the short-term at least.