Report: Another Celtic Academy talent wanted as Mitchel Frame attracts EPL interest

By Euan Davidson

January 18, 2022

Another Celtic Academy talent is attracting Premier League interest, with Mitchel Frame being approached by a trio of Premier League clubs according to a report from Football Scotland.

According to Football Scotland, left-back Frame has been offered terms by Tottenham Hotspur, Wolves and Crystal Palace. A Celtic Academy hopeful since the age of 8, Frame is regarded as one of the Academy’s “top prospects”, according to Football Scotland.

The Scotland U16 left-back could be the next young talent to leave Celtic for the Premier League. Josh Adam joined Manchester City from the Hoops Academy in 2020 [Sun]. 19-year-old goalkeeper Liam Hughes was stolen away by Liverpool last year [Metro], and fellow goalkeeper Vincent Angelini joined Watford from Celtic in the same summer [Watford Observer].

Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

It’s not just the Premier League either. Liam Morrison and Barry Hepburn both joined the Bayern Munich Academy from Celtic. Leo Hjelde is now a Leeds United player.

This season, we’ve seen plenty of Academy talents making headlines. Owen Moffat made his first steps as a first-team player, even winning a Premier Sports Cup medal. Tobi Oluwayemi has been promoted to the first-team. Dane Murray played in Champions League qualifiers. Ange has insisted he wants a core of youth players to make the step up each summer.

However, it’s possible that Mitchel Frame won’t be one of those players. And, as happens seemingly every year, a top youth talent is being offered a way out of Barrowfield.

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Celtic Academy are clearly producing big talents, could Mitchel Frame be the next big name?

If there’s one positive from this, it’s a considerable one; teams with world-famous youth academy set-ups want Celtic players.

Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur in particular have moulded careers of top professional players. Harry Kane is the obvious one for Spurs, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Wilfried Zaha are both Crystal Palace products. Combine that with Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich snatching youth players away, and it’s a sign of progress, in a sense.

However, the challenge now is for Celtic to hold on to these players. The fact is, if they’re being chased by Premier League clubs, then they’re worth keeping around. It’s not to say the Premier League is the be-all-and-end-all, mind. But it’s surely a judgement on how good these players are. In this case, Mitchel Frame.

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Already a Scotland youth international, this report is testament to the work being done by the Celtic youth coaches.

Can the Celtic Academy set-up hold on to Frame? Will Ange Postecoglou be drafted in to insist to Mitchel Frame that there’s a pathway for Academy talents at Celtic?

Who knows. But the report suggests we haven’t heard the last of this, nor the name Mitchel Frame.

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