Celtic are ‘on the verge’ of signing Manchester United defensive prospect Lee O’Connor on a permanent basis, according to The Daily Record (live transfer page 02/09, 18:37).
The outlet say he is expected to complete a deal with the Hoops in the final few hours of the transfer window.
O’Connor is a 19-year-old Republic of Ireland youth international who has not yet made a first-team breakthrough at Old Trafford.
However, he has appeared as a regular for their U23s side, as well as for the club’s UEFA Youth League team.
There are some certainly big fans of his ability and potential.
Former Ireland and Celtic boss Martin O’Neill called him up to an international squad last year, though he didn’t win a cap.
Former Man United man John O’Shea has also praised him in the past.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “I saw Lee up close and other people had been talking to me about him and I’d been trying to keep an eye on his career.
“Look he was quality, top quality on the pitch. He looked very comfortable, he went right-back to left-back in a breeze, it was no problem to him.”
As O’Shea alludes to, the teenager is a versatile player who has featured primarily as a centre-back and left-back for his current club.
The Hoops have strengthened the first-team significantly over the last few months but just as important is bringing in young stars who can make an impact in the future.
Hopefully this is the latest Irish youngster we can sign up and give a chance to develop at Celtic Park.