Report: Celtic interested in signing English teenager Joey Dawson

By John McGinley

April 10, 2021

Celtic are one of a number of teams interested in signing Scunthorpe United teenager Joey Dawson.

Scunthorpe website reports the news today.

It’s said that the Bhoys are keen to land the 17-year-old, who is scoring well in the EFL Youth Alliance league this term, which is consisted of teams at U18 level.

The Scunthorpe outlet says he’s scored 16 times this season.

Dawson has been offered a long-term contract to stay at Scunthorpe but is thought to welcome the opportunity to explore a potential exit this summer.

Derby County are also cited as admirers of the young attacker, who is a nephew of former England international Michael Dawson.

Presumably Celtic would have to pay some sort of cross-border compensation fee for his talents, though that is typically less than what English clubs have to fork out, giving the Bhoys an advantage.

Dawson has made one senior appearance for Scunthorpe already, becoming the club’s youngest ever player back in 2019 after featuring in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Celtic interest in Joey Dawson fits what we know of recruitment search

Celtic have already signed up Sheffield Wednesday youngster Liam Shaw on a pre-contract basis, while recent reports have linked the club with a similar move for Wigan Athletic prospect Kyle Joseph.

Although Brexit rules will not have an impact on the upcoming transfer window, there has been a shift in focus on Celtic’s part in the transfer market.

More and more British-based players are being linked with a move to Glasgow.

I have nothing against that strategy as long as the younger talents have a clear pathway to the Bhoys first-team. That’s what is lacking right now.

In other news, SFA release statement casting doubt on Celtic derby going ahead on Saturday.