'Highly-rated' Celtic youngster Liam Hughes signs for Liverpool

By John McGinley

February 1, 2021

Celtic youngster Liam Hughes has signed for Liverpool, Goal journalist Neil Jones has reported on Twitter.

Hughes has been pictured in Liverpool colours after completing his switch from the Bhoys.

The young goalkeeper arrived at Celtic from Northern Ireland team Dungannon Swifts in February 2018 and is described as ‘highly-rated’ by the official Celtic website.

He was on the fringes of the first-team during the 2019/20 season though did not make a senior appearance.

The 19-year-old now goes into the Liverpool U23 set-up in an effort to make the grade at the highest level.

Hughes is just one of a number of youngsters to have left Celtic for elite sides in recent years.

Players such as Liam Morrison and Barry Hepburn have moved to Bayern Munich, while Josh Adam made the switch to Manchester City.

Others, like Karamoko Dembele, Cameron Harper and Armstrong Oko-Flex have uncertain futures with their contracts expiring at the club.

It’s a worrying exodus of talent.

This latest move again represents the disconnect between the development sides and the senior team at Lennoxtown and Celtic.

We wish Hughes the very best of luck on the next step of his career.

A move to Liverpool represents an amazing opportunity and I hope he does well.

In other news, there’s an update on the injury status of James Forrest after four months out of action.