Report: Celtic youngster Vincent Angelini eyeing exit, according to Italian media

By Euan Davidson

February 3, 2021

Celtic U-17 goalkeeper Vincent Angelini is eyeing the exit door, according to reports in Italy.

Angelini, whose father is Italian, is the grandson of Celtic legend David Hay. Hay spent 11 years at the Bhoys as a player, and 4 as manager.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Angelini is considering leaving the Bhoys, despite his family ties. The outlet suggests that clubs in England, including Everton and Manchester United, are interested in his services. Meanwhile in Europe, Lazio, Atalanta and A.C. Milan are said to be keen, too.

Angelini has already won accolades, despite being just 17. At the Marc Overmars Tournament of 2017, he was voted the Best Goalkeeper [Glasgow Times]. Karamoko Dembélé also won adulation, as Player of the Tournament overall [Sun].

The Italian outlet state that Angelini is interested in experiencing Italy, as he holds an Italian passport via his father.

Celtic legend Davie Hay (C) is Angelini’s grandfather / (Photo by David Cannon/Allsport/Getty Images)

Another blow for Celtic, with Vincent Angelini reportedly after a move

If these reports are correct, it represents a significant blow for Celtic’s future. That might seem far-fetched, but Angelini is a hotly-tipped goalkeeping talent. The Bhoys had to fight off interest from big clubs down south to land his signature.

That’s despite, again, being Davie Hay’s grandson. The lure of English giants had to have been incredibly tempting, and really alluring offers must’ve come his way.

With his teammate Karamoko Dembélé supposedly leaving, Liam Hughes signing for Liverpool, and prospects like Liam Morrison and Josh Adam leaving for Bayern Munich and Manchester City respectively, things look bad.

The Celtic Academy cannot continue to produce top-level talent without reaping the dividends. From a footballing and financial perspective, the club are missing out.

So, this could be gossip and nonsense, but it’s a legitimately worrying time for the Celtic academy. Brexit rules mean that top English sides will be looking to Scottish academies for talent, instead of mainland Europe and further afield.

We’re already seeing the result of that.

Also, from a marketing perspective, it’s worth noting that Angelini looks not unlike Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy [HITC].