The Manchester United talent Celtic should be monitoring closely this summer

By John McGinley

June 2, 2022

Dundee United’s chances of retaining Dylan Levitt may have taken a bit of a blow today after the Manchester Evening News reported that Manchester United have taken up a year’s option on his contract at Old Trafford.

Levitt was a standout midfielder in the Scottish Premiership in 2021/22, scoring six goals for the Tannadice side. All of those came after the turn of the year including a scorcher against Celtic on the night we won the league.

Levitt’s deal in Manchester had been due to expire at the end of the season, but he’ll now be registered at Old Trafford for another 12 months, unless a club comes in with a bid for him this summer.

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Why Celtic should be all over the Dylan Levitt situation

That’s still possible, of course, and Celtic should be closely monitoring the situation given his potential.

Erik ten Hag is expected to give the Welsh international an opportunity in pre-season but if he isn’t in the first-team plans of the Dutchman’s big rebuild, an exit looks likely. Given his contract situation, it’s unlikely to cost the earth.

Levitt is at an age he needs to be playing regularly and clearly had ambitions to do that even last year after accepting a move to the Tayside club.

As shown by BhoysAnalytics, Levitt has been something of an all-rounder in the Premiership, ranking particularly high in comparison to league peers when it comes to progressive and accurate passing. He has an eye for goal, but isn’t shy when it comes to getting stuck into defensive duels either.

It’s not all on the stat sheet either. He was a big hit with United supporters, who voted him as their player of the year in a recent end-of-season awards ceremony. Levitt is to them what Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota have been to us over the piece.

His potential hasn’t been recognised at Manchester United over the last couple of years apart from in pre-season appearances, but Wales think very highly of him.

The midfielder has already earned 11 caps at the age of 21, the most recent of which came last night against Poland. His 90 minutes earned rave reviews on social media from expectant Wales supporters.

We know Ange Postecoglou is looking for another midfielder following the exits of Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic. Levitt ticks plenty of boxes for me and, having already had a year in the league, shouldn’t need a period of big adjustment.

I’d be surprised if he doesn’t have an impressive future ahead regardless of whether Celtic bite or not.

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