A report has claimed that Celtic and Rangers are both interested in signing a lower league English football starlet.

The Scottish Sun is reporting that the Glasgow sides have been scouting Carlisle United centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite. The report goes on to claim that Celtic’s director of football operations Nick Hammond has watched the player, who is only 17, in person, and that the player is rated at £1 million.

Branthwaite has made eight appearances for the League Two side this season. Celtic do have a fair few centre-backs at the club. The likes of Christopher Jullien, Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic to name just three.

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Hoops must be keen to sign player

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Despite that, Branthwaite must be a player that the club are keen to sign. Particularly if Nick Hammond has watched the player in person.

 

If Branthwaite does sign for the Hoops, you would imagine that he would probably not feature for the first-team right away. He might well stay at Carlisle for the rest of the season on loan. That would be a good idea, to get the player more first-team football.

That would perhaps help the player more than playing for Celtic’s reserves and academy side would. Competitive football will be good for the player.

Will be looking to emulate current Hoops youngster

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If there is a player that Branthwaite and any other prospective Celtic signing should be looking to emulate it is Jeremie Frimpong. He has burst onto the first-team scene and hasn’t looked out of place, despite being only 18. Who knows, perhaps if Branthwaite impresses should he sign he could also make an early first-team breakthrough.

It is good to see that Celtic are scouting players ahead of the January transfer window. Branthwaite might well be one of a number of players that the Hoops are considering signing in that four week spell. We shall find out soon enough if he is to become one of Celtic’s first signings of the January transfer window.

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