Report: Another Celtic academy player may be headed for exit as Vincent Angelini leaves for trial

By Euan Davidson

March 30, 2021

Celtic academy goalkeeper Vincent Angelini is reportedly heading to Brighton and Hove Albion for a trial.

The youngster had been tipped for a move to Italy. He is eligible to play for Italy’s youth sides through his father. Interestingly, his grandfather is Celtic legend Davie Hay.

The Daily Record are reporting that Graham Potter’s Seagulls have taken the 17-year-old on trial to get a better look. Angelini is out of contract in the summer, despite impressing in youth tournaments for the Bhoys. Reportedly keen to exit Celtic, Angelini won the Marc Overmars Tournament’s Best Goalkeeper accolade in 2019 [Glasgow Times].

It’s another blow for the Celtic Academy. A raft of important young players, like Josh Adam, Liam Hughes and Liam Morrison have left the set-up in recent years.

From a footballing perspective, Brighton do play in the Premier League. However, at just 17, Angelini isn’t likely to be anywhere near the first-team for years. If he chooses the Seagulls over say, Manchester United or AC Milan [Tutto Mercato], it represents a fascinating decision. Those are just two of the clubs linked with the goalkeeper over recent months.

Celtic let a young Shay Given walk / (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

A lateral move? Celtic Academy talent Vincent Angelini is considering an interesting option

Brighton have a relatively successful history of moulding top talents. Premier League legend Gareth Barry came through the side’s academy. Ditto the likes of Lewis Dunk and Ben White, who are now mainstays for the Seagulls [Transfermarkt].

That said, Angelini has been linked with bigger names. Everton, Lazio, and the aforementioned AC Milan and Manchester United are reportedly interested. The latter two are surely the best options, as Gianluigi Donnarumma and Dean Henderson could surely attest.

However, a route to progression at Brighton is a tempting offer. Watching his colleague Liam Hughes take off to Liverpool will have been interesting. As will the travails of Conor Hazard, who has recently said it’s first-team or bust, going forward.

Celtic will be desperate not to let another talented young player prosper elsewhere. Lessons have to be learned from letting go of David Marshall and Shay Given.

For now, it’s up to the Grandson of Davie Hay. Maybe the Quality Street Gang member can have a word in Vincent’s ear. If the opportunities aren’t there, though, you can’t blame Angelini for looking around. Especially when some big names are after him.

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