Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph has reported that former Celtic youngster Daniel Church is in talks to stay in Scotland with Dundee after being released last month.
Church ended his 13-year spell at Celtic after the club decided to let him leave over the summer. The left-back was often hyped up as a potential first-team star for the future but never managed to break beyond the development squad.
However, he’s since gone on trial with Dundee ahead of what could be a terrific move for him. Playing in recent friendly matches against the likes of Peterhead and Montrose has given Dens Park boss James McPake the chance to run the rule over him.
And judging by Sky reporter Joseph’s tweet, it appears that the Dees have been impressed with what the recently-released Celt has to offer:
Dundee are also in talks to sign left-back Daniel Church, who was released by Celtic earlier this month.
Church has been one of a few trialists at the club, including former Hearts striker Osman Sow.
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) September 28, 2020
A solid move for a player who has plenty of time to blossom
It’s important to remember just how young Church is. At only 20 years of age, he has plenty of development time ahead of him, and can still easily make a solid career in football.
For young players who leave Celtic, it’s all about how you respond to it. Should Church manage to come to an agreement with Dundee, they would give him the perfect platform to show what he’s all about and at a higher level than many have the opportunity to drop down to.
It’s clear that Dundee’s McPake has been impressed with what the former Celtic man has shown. However, it’s going to be a different ball-game for him if he signs and starts playing proper aggressive football at Championship level.
From there, Church would surely have his eyes set on establishing himself as a mainstay Scottish Premiership player. That has to be his ultimate goal over the next few years.
It’s always nice to see Celtic youngsters who have been released manage to pick themselves up again. Make no mistake, these trials after being released won’t be easy. They’ll be pressure-filled, and making an impression will be harder than is made out.
So hopefully he can seal a deal at Dens Park and start working his way up the footballing ladder. Who knows? It may even lead back to Parkhead one day.