Report: Celtic unlikely to make move for Dundee United youngster Kerr Smith
Celtic are unlikely to press ahead with any move for Dundee United youngster Kerr Smith this summer, according to the Daily Record.
Yesterday, the Hoops were linked with a move for the hot prospect along with four other English Premier League clubs [Scottish Sun].
The Record reports that both Crystal Palace and Southampton will make bids for the player before the transfer window closes. It’s understood Utd want a six-figure sum for the player who’s already played seven times for the Tannadice club at only 16 years of age.
It’s stated by the newspaper that Celtic have had the young defender watched. However, it’s not likely the Hoops will follow up on it.
Celtic have already brought Osaze Urhoghide, Liam Shaw, and Carl Starfelt to the club – all of whom can play in Smith’s position at centre-back.
Celtic continuing to monitor best young Scottish talent; Kerr Smith needs games
So it looks as though the Hoops are continuing to keep tabs on Scottish football’s best young prospects. Something we should be doing consistently.
It’s difficult to gauge whether she should be moving for Smith or not. At 16, there’s plenty of development left within him. Celtic have to try and make a judgment on whether that can be harvested at Lennoxtown.
For the player himself, he needs to be targeting first-team games. A move to the likes of a Crystal Palace or Southampton looks naive at face value. Smith’s priority should be a prolonged stay at United in order to get more senior experience.
It’s clear that he’s favoured by boss Tam Courts. There’s a huge opportunity there for him to get some Premiership experience if he remains patient.
We’ve watched on in the past as too many young Scottish talents have left for the bright lights of the EPL too early. Smith needs to avoid being another of those players. Granted, a move to Celtic also looks a touch early for him too.
It’ll be interesting to see what the player’s final decision is here. However, a move to Glasgow looks as though it’s off the agenda for now.