Celtic youngster Michael Sparkes has reportedly been invited down to Premier League side Crystal Palace for a trial.
According to the Scottish Sun, the Selhurst Park side plan to run the rule over the striker over the next week, after being a regular with the Celtic under-17s and under-18s in the past.
Sparkes signed his first professional contract with Celtic back in June 2018 and went on to switch international allegiances from Scotland to Wales.
Sparkes has never played a single game at senior level, but at just 17-years of age, there’s clearly plenty of potential there. It hasn’t been reported as to whether Celtic will look to make any moves to keep him at Parkhead.
Must look to keep our young talent at the club
The reason for the trial at Selhurst Park hasn’t been explained. However, Sparkes has been described as “highly-rated” by the Scottish Sun. For a youngster at 17, it could be worth trying to keep him at the club for now.
Celtic have plenty of competition up top, even in the youth ranks. Both Jonathan Afolabi and Jack Aitchison are out on loan, and will both come back to the club in the summer looking to take the next step.
So it wouldn’t be surprising if Sparkes feels that he needs a fresh challenge elsewhere. However, the nature of the beast at Celtic dictates that competition up front will always be fierce.
It’ll be interesting to see how Sparkes fares down in London too. Palace have clearly seen something they like in the youngster, and it wouldn’t be surprising if other interested parties come forward after this.
In any case, hopefully we don’t end up losing out here. Sparkes is clearly one for the future, but losing hot prospects is always a blow regardless.