Report: Celtic after barrier-breaking EPL talent; 11 goals in 12 games at youth level

By Euan Davidson

December 1, 2021

According to a report, Celtic are taking a keen interest in Tottenham Hotspur youngster Dilan Markanday.

The Evening Standard report that Celtic, along with Rangers and a number of Championship clubs, are keen on a player who’s breaking new ground. Spurs’ first British-Asian footballer, Markanday became a first-team player with a 15 minute appearance against Vitesse in the Europa Conference League.

At youth level, Markanday has had a phenomenal season. In the Premier League 2, the versatile winger has scored 11 goals in 12 games [Transfermarkt]. He’s also set up 4 more, while striking in the EFL Trophy, too.

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Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion and QPR are also keen on the Barnet-born forward.

Markanday, of Indian heritage, has a huge following in the country, according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper compared the hype around him in India to that of Son Heung-Min in South Korea.

While Celtic’s interest is reported, The Evening Standard have intimated that Scott Parker of Bournemouth may be in the best position to land the winger. Parker worked with Markanday in the Tottenham Hotspur youth set-up.

Were the Hoops to land Markanday, he’d be the third recent signing from Tottenham Hotspur. Joe Hart joined permanently from Spurs, while Cameron Carter-Vickers came on loan.

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Tottenham Hotspur talent Dilan Markanday is a player with real promise; Celtic could do well here

Markanday’s situation is an interesting one. His contract runs out in the summer, but Spurs have been known to renew deals before sending players out on loan.

That’s the case for Cameron Carter-Vickers, another product of the Spurs Academy. Certainly, it makes sense from their perspective; why risk letting a youngster go for just a compensatory fee?

With his goals at youth level, Markanday has obviously impressed a number of scouts and coaches across the UK. His recent first-team dalliance in Europe’s third competition was timely, albeit unfortunate, with Spurs losing 1-0.

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Celtic have, of course, been linked with a number of wingers to improve depth. The saga over Siriki Dembele has lasted forever, while fans were keen on Kristijan Lovric in the summer.

Karamoko Dembele is set to make his return to first-team action later on this season. Yesterday, an image of the young forward emerged on Instagram, training gear and all.

For depth, though, this move would make perfect sense. By all accounts, he’s the kind of creative young forward who can get fans out of their seats.

Will Celtic make a move? Watch this space.

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