Celtic are “long-term admirers” of Manchester City teenager Ian Poveda – according to a recent report.

The Daily Mail gave Neil Lennon’s men a mention in their Tuesday report that centred around Leeds United’s apparent interest in the player. Marcelo Bielsa’s men are one of the clubs reportedly tracking the 19-year-old who is out of contract in the summer and has also received interest from a couple of Italian clubs.

Long-term Celtic target Ian Poveda

Long-term Celtic target Ian Poveda (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

The England under-20’s name is probably not one that is familiar to many Celtic fans, or football fans in general. His appearances for City have been limited to just one – his debut in the Carabao semi-final win over Burton Albion a year ago.


Of course there is no suggestion that the Hoops are about to make a move for the winger this month. However, there was an intriguing line in the report that stated: “Celtic are long-term admirers” of the player.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Poveda seems like a typical Celtic signing

It’s unsurprising to hear that we have been keeping tabs on another City player. We’ve had our fair share of youngsters from the English treble winners in recent years. From Jason Denayer to John Guidetti and Olivier Ntcham to Jeremie Frimpong, it’s a market that has given us a fair deal of success.

Celtic full-back Jeremie Frimpong

Celtic full-back Jeremie Frimpong (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Poveda being out of contract in the summer and able to move on a pre-contract this month, you wonder if this is one that could really interest us. The terms of his free transfer in the summer are unknown but it could turn out to be a similar situation to Tyrese Campbell, who would cost ourselves significantly less money in compensation than any English club.

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But then there’s even the question over whether we’d need another winger. Time will tell what Lennon’s views on that topic are.

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