Celtic are after Aaron Ramsey, according to the Daily Mail.
No, not that one. This Aaron Ramsey is an Aston Villa youngster, a England youth prodigy who has been highly-rated for years now. A talented, attacking midfielder, Ramsey has been exciting coaches with his flair and end product.
As highlighted by my colleague John McGinley, Ramsey has three goals in nine Premier League 2 appearances this term. In last year’s U18s Premier League, he scored six in 13, primarily from attacking midfield [Transfermarkt].
Only 17, he has been playing with the Villa U-23s this season (AVFC). Surprisingly, he wasn’t used against Liverpool in the FA Cup last week (BBC), but there are enormous hopes for Ramsey, whose brother Jacob are also in the Villa youth set-up.
The Guardian’s Stuart James featured Ramsey in last year’s edition of the paper’s Next Generation series. James wrote:
“Aaron is a technically gifted attacking midfielder who has the ability and vision to create chances for others. He is more than capable of scoring goals, too, and ended up with 19 for Villa’s under-16s last season.”
Given his locality to Villa Park, and his family connections to the youth set-up at the club, the Villains will be desperate to keep Ramsey. His contract runs out in the summer, meaning that Celtic can approach the 17-year-old with an offer.
Ajax are also said to be interested, which is the ultimate sign of promise in a young talent. The Amsterdam club are famous for their youth development, with the likes of Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie De Jong coming through the Ajax academy.
Celtic target Aaron Ramsey: boxer’s son, local ties
Aaron is not the only Ramsey making a name for himself at Villa. At 19, his older brother Jacob has been on the verges of the first-team squad under Dean Smith (Birmingham Mail).
The son of former boxer Mark Ramsey, Aaron comes from an athletic family. Ramsey senior once took on Ricky Hatton (YouTube), the famous multi-time world championship title holder.
An international teammate of Celtic youngster Karamoko Dembélé, Ramsey has made 10 appearances for England’s youth teams, with 6 of those coming with the Under-17s (Transfermarkt).
Ramsey would represent a real coup for Celtic. If the Bhoys can offer first team football to a roving midfielder with excellent technique and vision, then it’s win-win. With countless youth prospects battling for Premier League exposure, Ramsey could find himself low in the pecking order.
However, he’ll have seen his brother’s example. He’ll also have watched fellow local lad Jack Grealish stick it out at Villa and reap the rewards.
With Ajax looming, Celtic need to be aggressive if they’re to land the English wonderkid.